march 13, 2017 - Msport

M-Sport Lead World Rally Championship

IN BOTH DRIVER AND MANUFACTURER STANDINGS M-Sport World #rally Team's #sebastienogier and #julieningrassia secured their third podium in as many events at this weekend's #rally Mexico. Piloting their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to second place, the Frenchmen have also regained the lead in the drivers' standings Having encountered Tarmac, snow and gravel in the opening three rounds of the FIA World #rally Championship, the Ford Fiesta has excelled – securing stage victories and podium places across all three surfaces. Here in Mexico, the Fiesta shined throughout the field. All three Fiesta WRCs secured stage wins and thanks to a fine fourth place from Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja, the team have strengthened their lead to 36 points at the head of the manufacturer standings. In the WRC 2 category, Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas displayed stunning pace behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Locked in an intense battle for victory, the pairing had overturned a 25 second deficit through yesterday's stages, but ultimately had to settle for second position. Their impressive speed, coupled with a new evolution Fiesta R5 waiting in the wings, bodes well for M-Sport's future WRC 2 endeavours. Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said: "It's been another great #rally for us and it's fantastic to see the Fiesta performing so strongly on all surfaces. We've witnessed asphalt, snow and gravel and we've proven to be competitive on all three. "With another podium for Sébastien he's regained the lead in the drivers' championship; and with Ott just behind in fourth we've strengthened our lead at the head of the manufacturers' championship. It was also particularly rewarding to see all three cars setting fastest stage times once again. "But it's not just in the main field that we've shown our strength. In the WRC 2 category, Éric has been very impressive. He's been a bit unlucky at times this weekend, but when everything was working in his favour I think it's fair to say that he had the measure of everyone else. "It's great to see him regaining his confidence, but it's also great from a team perspective with a new evolution for the Fiesta R5 waiting in the wings.

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