NEWS FROM M-SPORT Welcome to the first edition of our new regular newsletter which is here to keep you up to date with the latest news about M-Sport

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NEWS FROM M-SPORT

Welcome to the first edition of our new regular newsletter which is here to keep you up to date with the latest news about M-Sport and their customers teams. We'll be reporting on the latest news from the company, product and performance news as well as updates on M-Sport products and services. All the information here is provided for your editorial use.

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Malcolm Wilson at M-Sport HQ, Dovenby Hall

WORDS FROM MALCOLM WILSON OBE, M-SPORT MANAGING DIRECTOR

2011 couldn’t have got off to a better start for M-Sport – the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, our new car designed in collaboration with Ford of Europe, had a podium clean sweep at the FIA World Rally Championship season-opener in Sweden.

This month's Rally Mexico marked another successful event as the team claimed a double podium. Ford now extend their lead in both the manufacturers' and drivers' standings in the FIA World Rally Championship to 26 points. Mexico is always a tough event on the cars and we've got a lot of work to do in the workshop before we head to Portugal but hopefully it'll be another strong result for the Fiesta RS WRC and we can extend our lead in the WRC even further.

Portugal also marks the debut for the brand new feeder series to the WRC, the FIA WRC Academy. Thirty-four drivers and co-drivers visted M-Sport last week for three days training. We have been very impressed with what we saw and I have little doubt there it will be a hugely competitive series. Many of these drivers have a very bright future ahead and I am sure some of the talented youngsters will progress to WRC level in the future.

The first rounds of the Fiesta SportTrophy UK (FST UK) and Fiesta SportChallenge (FSC UK) have also got underway over the past month. Closer to home, the Malcolm Wilson Rally saw the opening FSC round commence from the grounds of Dovenby Hall with123 cars entered including 15 Fiestas. Phil Scholes won the event in his Ford Fiesta ST with a time of 55 minutes and 33 seconds.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter and if you've got any enquiries about any of our products or services, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,
Malcolm

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Ford Fiesta RS WRC

FORD FIESTA RS WRC AVAILABLE AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Following the successful launch of the all-new Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car in Sweden and Mexico, M-Sport are delighted to announce that the first delivery of the new WRC car will be available from May.

The car will be eligible to compete in both the WRC and in National Rally Championships and will be supplied with a conversion kit including a 30mm restrictor and aerodynamic modifications.

To read the full story, please click here

For more information on the Fiesta RS WRC including technical specifications, please click here

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Ford Fiesta R2

WRC ACADEMY TO DEBUT IN PORTUGAL - INTERVIEW WITH SERIES CO-ORDINATOR MACIEJ WODA

The FIA WRC Academy is a brand new feeder series to the World Rally Championship which will debut at Rally Portugal at the end of this month. The WRC Academy is a one make series where all drivers will compete with identical Ford Fiesta R2s prepared by M-Sport. To be eligible for the FIA WRC Academy a driver must be born on or after 1 January 1986. In addition, they must not have participated in more than seven WRC rallies as part of the J-WRC, P-WRC or S-WRC. There is no age limit for co-drivers. Thirty-four drivers and co-drivers took part in three days training last week at M-Sport last week so we spoke to M-Sport employee Maciej Woda who is helping to run the brand new championship to find a bit more about it:

To read the full interview with Maciej, pease click here

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Mads Østberg and Jonas Andersson

HEALTHY POINTS HAUL FOR STOBART IN MEXICO

M-Sport Stobart Ford's Norwegian contingent of Mads Østberg and Henning Solberg led the way at Rally Mexico this weekend after finishing fifth and sixth respectively, helping the team leave the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship with another healthy points haul.

To read the full story, please click here

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Matthew Wilson and Scott Martin at Rally Mexico

MATTHEW WILSON - AFTERTHOUGHTS ON RALLY MEXICO

I arrived back from Mexico on Monday and I’m at the M-Sport office today at Dovenby Hall catching up on some emails. It’s a bit of a shock to the system being back home again - it was so hot in Mexico, about 30 degrees Celsius every day and when we landed back in the UK it was 3 degrees.

To read Matthew's full blog, please click here

To follow the M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team on Facebook, please click here

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Dennis Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte

KUIPERS UPBEAT DESPITE EARLY EXIT

Dennis Kuipers turned out to be one of the surprises on the opening day of Rally Mexico. Together with co-pilot Frederic Miclotte, he wanted to consolidate his strong seventh position without taking major risks but a crash on the opening stage of the second day caused a premature exit.

A disappointed Kuipers commented: "In a right-left combination the car clipped a left bend, we rolled into a ditch and we ended up on our side." Both he and Miclotte walked away unharmed from the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

To read the full story, please click here

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Federico Villagra and Jorge Pérez Companc

VILLAGRA UPBEAT AFTER FINISHING TENTH IN MEXICO

Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team driver Federico Villagra battled back after an early retirement on Rally Mexico’s opening day to finish his first FIA World Rally Championship event of 2011 tenth overall. Villagra and fellow Argentine co-driver Jorge Pérez Companc gained valuable experience on their debut in the new Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car and climbed the WRC leaderboard from 21st at the start of Day 2 to finish tenth overall.

To read the full story, please click here

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S-WRC Rally Mexico winner, Martin Prokop

FORD FIESTA S2000 TAKES TWO PODIUM SPOTS AT S-WRC OPENER

The Ford Fiesta S2000 got off to a flying start in the opening round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) at this month's Rally Mexico with M-Sport’s new generation rally car nabbing two podium spots - Czech driver Martin Prokop finished first and Estonia's Ott Tanak took third.

Recent Dakar Rally Champion Nasser Al-Attiyah was excluded from the results after his Ford Fiesta S2000 was found to be in breach of the technical regulations.

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Craig Breen in Fiesta R2

BREEN SHINES ON SUNSEEKER

As the sixth consecutive Ford Fiesta SportTrophy UK (FST UK) got underway at the Rallye Sunseeker International at the end of last month, it was 2009 FST UK champion Craig Breen who took home the victory. Breen clinched the series’ opener in his Keltech liveried Ford Fiesta R2 by 51.5 seconds over second placed Nick Cristofaro in a TEG Sport run GpN Ford Fiesta ST. A further two and a half minutes adrift, the final podium position went to Hertfordshire-based Daniel O’Brien in his new-for-2011 Fiesta R2. The long-awaited Rallye Sunseeker also marked the opening round of the 2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship (BRC), which FST UK will be supporting for the remainder of the season.

To read the full story, please click here

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Winners - Malcolm Wilson and Glenn Patterson

THE ANDREW SPIBEY MEMORIAL RALLY

The Andrew Spibey Memorial Rally, postponed from December due to the bad weather, took place on Thursday 10 March in the Aspatria/Wigton area. The annual event organised by M-Sport employees John Millington and Iain Tullie saw 11 entries compete over 48 miles. All 11 crews finished but it was Malcolm Wilson and Glenn Patterson who took the victory for the second consecutive year - it was Malcolm's fifth overall win at the event.

1st - Malcolm Wilson / Glenn Patterson
2nd - Frazer Graham / James Aldridge
3rd - Pearl Wilson / Nicola Smith

1st Novice - James Birchenall / Callum Craw

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Matthew Wilson

CUMBRIAN RALLY ACE LAUNCHES JENNINGS RIVERS RIDE

FIA World Rally Championship driver and accomplished road cyclist Matthew Wilson has recently launched the Jennings Rivers Ride calling on people to take on one of three new cycle
challenges which will be held in Cumbria on Sunday 18th September.

Cycling for a Reason Cumbria Community Foundation has launched this spectacular event with the aim of raising money to support local charities. People are being asked to raise funds for for the Cumbria Community Foundation which supports charities throughout the county or for charities of their own choice.

To read the full story, please click here

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