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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 MALCOLM WILSON OBE, M-SPORT MANAGING DIRECTOR

The team are back at Dovenby Hall but there's no time for a rest as we're off to Germany for a test next week and this will be shortly followed by the ninth round of the WRC - ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

I can't deny that I'm a little disappointed about the result in Finland. We managed to win 15 out of 22 stages yet we didn't leave with an overall victory. Jari-Matti did a fantastic job but he never really felt relaxed with the car until the last few stages. Mikko had an amazing comeback to hold second in the championship standings, but it's a shame he couldn't take the victory - he was undoubtedly the fastest driver which was demonstrated by his win in the Power Stage.

The WRC Academy has now reached the season's half-way point and it is of great credit to Egon Kaur who took his third win of the season. It is fantastic to see such homegrown talent deriving from Eastern Europe and I feel this is an area where we will see many more up-and-coming rally stars over the next few years.

Germany is going to be interesting - it'll be the first all-asphalt rally of the season so it's a big leap into the unknown for the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Both Mikko and Jari-Matti showed an impressive show of speed on the asphalt sections in Argentina and the team also had a very successful test in France at the end of June. We'll be looking to take advanatage of a test in Germany next week which will help ensure our drivers are fully prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

In other news, our solar energy plant is now up and running at Dovenby Hall. Environmental awareness remains a company philosophy for M-Sport and we will continue to look at other initiatives which will help reduce our carbon emissions in the future.

Prior to Finland we launched the new Ford Fiesta Regional Rally Car (RRC) and the Ford Fiesta MS1 - they're cars we are immensely proud of. They also add to Ford's "ladder of opportunity", with the Fiesta MS1 ideally suited for drivers just starting out in their career and the Fiesta RRC aimed at the sport's most experienced competitors. I'm looking forward to seeing both of these cars hitting the world market and monitoring their progress as they compete in rallies across the globe.

Kind regards,
Malcolm

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LATVALA SECOND IN RALLY FINLAND AS HIRVONEN WINS POWER STAGE

Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila finished second in Rally Finland after an encounter which blended tactical skills and outright speed. The Finns ended this eighth round of the FIA World Rally Championship just 8.1sec behind the winners in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car after three days of enthralling competition.

Read the full story here

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ØSTBERG FLIES TO SIXTH AFTER FINISH FINNISH THRILLER

Mads Østberg narrowly missed out on fifth place at Neste Oil Rally Finland after a three-way battle between the M-Sport Stobart Ford driver, Petter Solberg and Ford Abu Dhabi’s Mikko Hirvonen went down to the wire. Team-mates Henning Solberg and Matthew Wilson finished seventh and eighth respectively in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

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Prokop

DELIGHT FOR FORD AS FIESTA S2000 CLAIMS TWO PODIUM SPOTS

The fastest rally in the S-WRC calendar – Neste Oil Rally Finland – saw the two Ford Fiesta S2000 crews of Martin Prokop and Ott Tänak finish second and third respectively.

Read the full story on the Fiesta S2000 website

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Kuipers Finland

KUIPERS GRABS AIRMILES AND MANUFACTURERS' POINTS

In one of the most specialised rallies in the WRC, the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team managed to score points in the Manufacturers’ championship in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Kuipers and Frederic Miclotte managed, in the hilly gravel roads of Finland to finish 11th overall.

For the full story click here

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KAUR SECURES THIRD VICTORY IN FIA WRC ACADEMY

Estonian pairing Egon Kaur and Erik Lepiksson stormed to victory on the third round of the FIA WRC Academy Cup this weekend at Neste Oil Rally Finland, completing a full house of victories so far this season.

You can read the full review here

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Dennis Kuipers

GO RALLYING WITH THE FERM WORLD RALLY TEAM

FERM WRT and WRC.com are offering the trip of a lifetime for someone who wants to really get under the skin of the World Rally Championship.

Thanks to the FERM Power Tools World Rally Team, WRC.com are giving away an all-expenses paid trip for one lucky winner to be part of the squad when it tackles the final round of the 2011 season, Wales Rally GB (10 - 13 November).

For more information please click here

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DOUBLE VICTORY FROM CASTROL FOR TEAM TURKIYE AT FORD OTOSAN KOCAELI RALLY

Castrol Ford Team Türkiye had an extraordinary achievement at the 29th Ford Otosan Kocaeli Rally as Castrol Ford Team Türkiye pilots took the top two spots.

As a result of the intense heat and tough road conditions, only 18 of the original 43 competitors made it to the end of the fourth round of the Turkish Rally Championship.

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DC ANNOUNCES THE MAKING OF GYMKHANA FOUR

DC and Ken Block are proud to announce that production has begun on another gymkhana video project titled, Gymkhana FOUR. Fans can expect all of the driving precision, speed, and tire smoke that Ken has become known for to be taken to a whole new level with his latest project, set to be released in late Summer 2011.

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OTHER NEWS

Auto 24 Rally Estonia

Ford secured a podium clean sweep at last month's Rally Estonia. Mads Østberg took the victory in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC - the car's fist victory outside the WRC. Markko Martin finished second in a Ford Focus RS WRC. Martin Prokop and Karl Kruuda finished third and fourth respectively - both drivers were piloting Fiesta S2000 cars. Kuipers finished eighth overall - also in a Fiesta S2000.

Piloting the Ford Fiesta R2, Jussi Kumpumaki finished first in class with Egon Kaur seventh and Molly Taylor eight in class.

Rally Bianca Azzurro - Italy

Luca Pedersoli and Dino Maggioni finished first in their Ford Focus WRC. Giovanni Zonzini and Manuela Micheletti finished first in class and tenth overall in their Ford Fiesta S2000.

Tyneside Rally Stages - UK

Damian Cole finished first in a Ford Focus WRC.

Rally Baden, Wurttemberg - Germany

Raffael Sulzinger finished second in class and 16th overall in a Ford Fiesta R2 at the German event. Jean Pierre Schneiders came seventh in class, also driving a Fiesta R2.

2011 Volkswagen Rally - South Africa

Mark Cronje took the victory in a Ford Fiesta S2000. Conrad Rautenbach finished fifth and Jon Williams was sixth - both drivers were piloting a Ford Fiesta S2000.

Rally America - USA

Christopher Dupleiss finished first in class and fifth overall in a Fiesta R2.

International Rally of Whangerai - New Zealand

Ben Hunt came first in class and 14th overall in a Ford Fiesta ST.

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