march 13, 2017 - Msport

A strong showing throughout the field

A STRONG SHOWING THROUGHOUT THE FIELD

M-Sport drivers delivered strong performances throughout the field at #rally Mexico today. All official team drivers secured stage victories and the team are in a strong position heading into tomorrow's final 54.90 kilometres. Currently holding second place behind the wheel of their Ecoboost-powered Ford #fiestawrc, #sebastienogier and #julieningrassia are on course to secure their third podium in as many events. Delivering a consistent run behind the wheel of their Fiesta WRCs, Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja climbed to fourth place overall – poised to take advantage of any late dramas – whilst Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt climbed inside the overall top-ten. In the WRC2 category, Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas delivered what has arguably been one of the best drives of their career. Posting the fastest time through five of today's stages, the Frenchmen transformed a 25 second deficit and were leading by 6.8 seconds before falling a mere two seconds adrift by the end of the day. Team Principal, #malcolmwilson OBE, said: "It's been a fantastic day and it's great to see all three cars posting fastest times. Once again, it's a really good indication of where we are and it's a big positive moving forward. "In all honesty, we would have liked to have been a little bit closer to Kris [Meeke] at the end of the day, but we're still very happy with the way things stand at the moment. If we can secure these results it's certainly looking good from a championship point of view so let's wait and see what tomorrow brings. "In the #wrc 2 category, it's great to see Éric in the battle for victory. He was 25 seconds behind Pontus at the start of the day and up until the penultimate stage he was ahead. It's great to see him getting his confidence back and we're looking forward to seeing the battle continue tomorrow. "It's particularly exciting for us with the latest evolution of the Fiesta R5 waiting in the wings. If you look at the performance of Éric over the course of the #rally, and think about the upgrades we have to come, it's all looking very positive from a #wrc 2 perspective as well."

 Team Principal, #malcolmwilson OBE, said:

 "It's been a fantastic day and it's great to see all three cars posting fastest times. Once again, it's a really good indication of where we are and it's a big positive moving forward. "In all honesty, we would have liked to have been a little bit closer to Kris [Meeke] at the end of the day, but we're still very happy with the way things stand at the moment. If we can secure these results it's certainly looking good from a championship point of view so let's wait and see what tomorrow brings. "In the #wrc 2 category, it's great to see Éric in the battle for victory. He was 25 seconds behind Pontus at the start of the day and up until the penultimate stage he was ahead. It's great to see him getting his confidence back and we're looking forward to seeing the battle continue tomorrow. "It's particularly exciting for us with the latest evolution of the Fiesta R5 waiting in the wings. If you look at the performance of Éric over the course of the #rally, and think about the upgrades we have to come, it's all looking very positive from a #wrc 2 perspective as well."

OGIER AND INGRASSIA SECOND OVERALL AFTER SS17

 Currently holding second place overall, #sebastienogier and #julieningrassia are on course to deliver another exceptional performance on their gravel debut with the Ford #fiestawrc. Quickly getting to grips with the Fiesta and the increased grip that comes without the disadvantage of running first on the road, the Frenchmen posted a sting of highly competitive times including the fastest time though the second pass of Media Luna (SS12) as well as the León Street Stage (SS17) Driving well, they consolidated their second position. There remains a 30.9 second deficit to the lead, but with two arduous speed tests left to contest there remains all to play for.