M-Sport Ford First to Reveal WRC 2019 Livery

M-Sport Ford World Rally Team has revealed their new livery ahead of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. The eye-catching EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC will be entrusted to Elfyn Evans and Teemu Suninen throughout the 14-round season and displayed at Autosport International over the next four days.

The livery reflects the fact that 2019 will be an important year for M-Sport as a business. The automotive industry standard M-Sport Evaluation Centre is due to launch later this year and the silhouette of the state-of-the-art test track is vividly incorporated in the design.

The photogenic nitrous blue colour scheme last used in 2016 returns to the palette and the team’s valued partners are well represented.

Ford Motor Company’s long-standing financial and technical support is highlighted with the signature Blue Oval on the bonnet and side panels, while the ‘Powered by EcoBoost’ global trademark remains proudly displayed on the tailgate and rear wing.

MS-RT branding remains – promoting the company’s bespoke range of road-going vehicles that draw inspiration from M-Sport’s award-winning competition cars.

Established partners Castrol and Michelin also retain a strong presence, as do the team’s valued trade partners – all of whose commitment has been integral to the Cumbrian squad’s continued presence in the FIA World Rally Championship.

Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“Next year is going to be an important year for M-Sport, and that is reflected in this new livery. We have a number of new projects coming up, including the launch of our Evaluation Centre and it’s fantastic to see the test track proudly displayed on our Ford Fiesta WRCs – two projects I’m immensely proud of merged together in this eye-catching new design.

“Support from our friends and colleagues at Ford, MS-RT, Castrol and Michelin is well represented as well as our valued trade partners – and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all as we simply wouldn’t have been able to continue in the FIA World Rally Championship without their support.”

Images & words: M-Sport Press Release.

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Ogier Wins the title decider down under

It went down to the wire, the decider down under. The pressure was high. The cracks showed through.

Sunday, the 4th stage, first of the final loop after service. Neuville gave it everything. Only to use his i20 as a pinball machine, bouncing off the ditches. One hit too many and it was over. He was behind Ogier and gave it everything to catch up. One last ditched attempt, left his rear left wheel deep in the forest. That was one down, one to go. On the following penultimate stage of the rally, Tanak was the next casualty. The car would go no further. The All live broadcast showed him parking up after what appeared to be a heavy impact.

Sebastien Ogier was champion!

He finished 5th, not that he needed to finish, as he came to Australia with just a 3 point lead and with his title rivals not scoring a single point, he could have left early for the pub to celebrate. The now 6 times world champion wasn’t the only one celebrating. Finally after a long tough season. Toyota’s Jari Matti Latvala took his one and only win of the season. He came close, but luck has not been on his side. Either that, or Ogier had got the better of him, like back in Rally GB. Not this time. Latvala takes a well deserved win! With Hayden Paddon finishing his part time 2018 season in 2nd place for Hyundai. Making the bottom step is Citroen’s Mads Ostberg.

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Full Rally RACC Spain 2018 Photo Album

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InsideRally WRC reunion Photo album from Rally Spain.  This year’s rally Spain was already going down to the wire, with the tight championship fight for this year’s title. But to add to that excitement, we had the return of the … Continue reading

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Loeb Wins On WRC Spanish Comeback

Sebastien Loeb fought off the best of the current title fighters to show who is still boss. Today was all about the battle of the Sebastien’s as Loeb beat Ogier by just 2.9 Seconds

photos from todays action by Daniel Darrall

 

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