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Welcome to our regular newsletter which is here to keep you up to date with the latest news about M-Sport and its 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.

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INTRODUCTION FROM M-SPORT MANAGING DIRECTOR, MALCOLM WILSON OBE

Well, there's only one WRC round left and what an exciting season this year's championship has shaped up to be! Mikko [Hirvonen] and Jari-Matti [Latvala] did exactly what they needed to in Spain last weekend - they played a perfect team role and knowing that asphalt is not their favourite surface, they both did an incredible job to finish on the podium.

I'm very encouraged by the performance of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC on asphalt this year, I feel we've made a huge step forward in this area. Mikko was under huge pressure in Spain. He had to finish as far up the leaderboard as possible and did a fantastic job of finishing second. He now goes to Britain only eight points behind the leader and the final round is sure to be nail-bitingly exciting.

Spain was also host to the final round of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) which saw our Ford Fiesta S2000 claim two podium spots with Ott Tänak and Martin Prokop finishing second and third respectively. Both drivers have done remarkably well this season and the Fiesta S2000 has claimed an incredible 15 podium spots over the course of the eight-round series.

We're very much looking forward to our home event - Wales Rally GB - in a couple of weeks time. Not only because the drivers' championship is up for the taking but also because we've got some exciting new drivers piloting our Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Our S-WRC runner-up Ott Tänak will be competing under the M-Sport Stobart banner in Wales and Czech Republic's Martin Prokop will also be piloting the World Rally Car. They'll both be testing next week and we're looking forward to seeing how they get on.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has also agreed a one-rally deal with Russia's Evgeny Novikov to pilot the Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s third Ford Fiesta RS WRC in Wales.

On a slightly different note, I was very saddened to hear the tragic news about Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli. We all know that motorsport is dangerous but you don't expect to lose two great people over two consecutive weekends. Marco's other passion was rallying and he visited M-Sport only a few weeks ago to test a Ford Fiesta RS WRC. It was a real pleasure to have him here in Cumbria. Many of the team had met Marco and the news about these two great people put a dampner on what was otherwise a good weekened for Ford. Our sincere condolences go out to Dan and Marco's family, friends and colleagues.

Kind regards,
Malcolm

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DOUBLE PODIUM IN SPAIN SENDS FORD'S TITLE FIGHT TO FINAL ROUND

Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen’s quest for a maiden FIA World Rally Championship title will go to a final round shootout after Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team claimed a double podium in Rally de España. They finished second in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car with team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila in third, ensuring the drivers’ crown will be decided in Britain next month.

Read the full story via this link

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STOBART'S ØSTBERG SECURES BEST EVER FINISH ON ASPHALT

M-Sport Stobart Ford’s Mads Østberg secured his best ever result on asphalt after finishing sixth at last weekend’s RACC Rally de España in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Team-mate Henning Solberg finished eighth but Matthew Wilson retired after he tore the front-left wheel off his Fiesta RS WRC on the penultimate stage.

For the full review please click here

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FIESTA S2000 CLAIMS DOUBLE PODIUM IN S-WRC SHOWDOWN

Ford Fiesta S2000 driver Ott Tänak finished runner-up in this year’s Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC) after a final round battle at this weekend’s RACC-Rally de España. Martin Prokop secured a second podium for Ford by finishing third in another Fiesta S2000.

Read the full story here

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VILLAGRA DEFIES ODDS TO FINISH WRC SEASON IN STYLE

Munchi’s Ford World Rally Team driver Federico Villagra grappled with the challenges of a new co-driver, a car he had not driven for four months and missing the majority of the pre-event reconnaissance to make it to the end of last weekend’s RACC-Rally de España 16th overall in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Click here to read the full review

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STRONG EVENT FOR KUIPERS BRINGS MORE POINTS

Dennis Kuipers was a on a mission during the last two days of Rally de España. On the final day the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team duo started their hunt for points in eleventh position and finished the rally ninth overall. Today was about one thing: attack,” said Kuipers.

Read the full story here

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MID-TERM REPORT WITH 2010 FST INTERNATIONAL SHOOTOUT WINNER

November seems like such a long time ago now! But it was back in November last year that I contested the 2010 Fiesta SportTrophy (FST) Shootout, a contest for the most impressive competitors from each national FST championship to pit their physical fitness, mental capabilities, media savvy and of course driving ability against one another in an attempt to win a year’s placement with the team behind Ford’s assault on the WRC, M-Sport Ltd. After a tough battle with the likes of Sweden’s Calle Ward, Finland’s Jussi Kumpumäki and the 2010 FST UK champion, Elfyn Evans, I came out on top and began what has been the most incredible past six months.

Click here to read the full report

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KENAVS WINS FIESTA R2 DRIVE IN 2012 LATVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

The unique young driver assessment program in Latvia – OKarte Autosport Academy – has announced its winner for 2011. After final event held in Bikernieki Sports Complex, 22-year-old Marcis Kenavs from Liepaja city, who previously was driving second generation VW Golf in Latvian RallySprint Championship, has emerged as the winner amongst 47 youngsters participating. The prize won is a dream for every young Latvian rally driver –seven fully paid races in the National Rally Championship in a Ford Fiesta R2!

For the full story please click here

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TÄNAK AND PROKOP READY FOR DEBUT IN FORD FIESTA RS WRC

Ott Tänak and Martin Prokop will end their WRC season by piltoing the Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car at Wales Rally GB in November. Both drivers will test the car in England next week.

We'll also have an exclusive Q&A session with Ott on www.m-sport.co.uk early next week.

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WILSON HELPS RAISE AWARENESS WITH YOUNG DRIVERS

Wales Rally GB is aiming to raise awareness to prevent needless accidents involving young drivers aged between 18 and 24 and M-Sport Stobart Ford team driver Matthew Wilson is supporting the initative.

Matthew explains: "I am supporting this initiative because these statistics relate to young drivers, many of whom are the same age as me. I hope I can help to raise awareness because I believe that to be safe on the road, all drivers must understand their limitations, as well as building an astute knowledge of the demands of driving and the capability of their vehicle. Much of this reflects the demands of being successful in motor sport. I have an inherent respect for my car and maintain 100 per cent focus at all times in order to keep myself and my co-driver safe."

Read the full story on the Wales Rally GB website

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In memory of Moto GP star Marco Simoncelli. Marco with Mikko Hirvonen at M-Sport earlier this month

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OTHER NEWS

Trofeo Aci Como Rally - Italy
Marc Silva finished second in a Ford Focus RS WRC. Paolo Porro and Carlo Galli finished third
and fifth respectively also piloting a Ford Focus RS WRC

Rally Ronde Dolomiti – Italy
Claudio De Cecco finished first in a Ford Focus RS WRC and Claudio Missaglia finished second, also piloting a Focus RS WRC

Rally Cote des Nacres - France
Michel Branca finished ninth in a Ford Focus RS WRC

Regency Stages - UK
Peter Elkins took the victory in a Ford Focus RS WRC

The UTS Cheviot Keith Knox Rally - UK
Damian Cole finished first in a Ford Focus RS WRC. He has also been crowned the 2011 MSA Tarmac Champion

Saaremaa Rally - Estonia

Ott Tanak took the victory in a Ford Focus RS WRC. Georg Gross was runner-up, also piloting a Ford Focus RS WRC

Cambrian Rally - UK

Charles Payne finished third in a Ford Focus RS WRC. Peter Stephenson finished 9th also piloting a Focus RS WRC

IRC Rally of Scotland - UK

Craig Breen finished fourth at the penultimate round of the IRC in his Ford Fiesta S2000. Alastair Fisher finished eight, also at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta S2000.

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