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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

I hope some of you got a chance to watch the live footage of Rallye de France which was being broadcast online over the weekend. It was certainly an exciting weekend with 36 of the 64 cars as Ford entries and our special edition black liveried Ford Fiesta RS WRCs proved popular with drivers and fans alike.

I have to admit that a few weeks ago I didn't imagine that Mikko would have been leading the WRC alongside Sebastien Loeb. The team have done a tremendous job of turning the championship on its head and the scene is now set for an enthralling title fight with only two rallies left.

Of course it’s unfortunate to inherit a position due to another driver's misfortune [Petter Solberg was disqualified] but at this stage of the season every point counts. Both Mikko and Sebastien have 196 points each and the championship is well and truly open.

Jari-Matti’s performance was also very positive and helped eliminate any doubts about our asphalt pace. We made some set-up changes in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC after Germany which gave him confidence and he was fastest on five out of six stages on the event's closing day.

France was also a very positive result for our customer teams and I was delighted to see both Dennis Kuipers and Ken Block post their best ever WRC results after finishing fifth and eighth respectively. I was also pleased to see Dennis awarded with the Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally Award in France – it is a prize which is presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution or achievement for each rally and I think it is very apt that Dennis was presented with the prestigious award after his fantastic result.

Congratulations to Alastair Fisher who took his maiden win in the WRC Academy at the weekend but commiserations to Yerey Lemes who set some very competitive stage times. Alastair will also be heading up to IRC Rally Scotland at the weekend in an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta S2000 where we wish him the best of luck. I was also delighted to see Elfyn Evans finished 16th overall in a Ford Fiesta R2 marking the best ever finish for a Fiesta R2 in the WRC. Very well done to Elfyn!

In the S-WRC, Ford Fiesta S2000 driver Ott Tänak claimed his third, and second back-to-back, win of the season. He is now only three points behind championship leader Juho Hanninen which makes for an extremely exciting title fight in Spain later this month. With Tänak having won the previous two asphalt rounds in the S-WRC, I hope he can continue this trend to lead the Fiesta S2000 to its second S-WRC title.

Closer to home, we're hosting some media days at M-Sport this week where we have been giving some journalists a ride in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC in nearby Greystoke Forest. We've also done a photoshoot with our five Ford rally cars today - the Fiesta MS1, the Fiesta R2, Fiesta S2000, Fiesta RRC and the Fiesta RS WRC. We'll hopefully have a photo of the shoot for you in next month's newsletter.

I look forward to updating you again when the team arrive back from Spain later this month.

Kind regards,
Malcolm

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HIRVONEN HEADS WORLD TITLE RACE AFTER DRAMATIC FINALE IN FRANCE

Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen are tied for the lead of the FIA World Rally Championship following a dramatic turn of events after the finish of Rallye de France.

For the full story click here

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NORWEGIANS HEAD STOBART CHARGE AFTER DRAMATIC RALLYE DE FRANCE

M-Sport Stobart Ford’s Norwegian contingent of Henning Solberg and Mads Østberg successfully finished Rally de France in sixth and seventh place in their Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Cars. Team-mate Matthew Wilson finished tenth.

To read the review please click here

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VICTORY FOR TÄNAK THROWS S-WRC TITLE WIDE OPEN

Ford Fiesta S2000 driver Ott Tänak has strengthened his chances of winning the S-WRC title at the championship’s finale later this month with his stunning victory at this weekend’s Rallye de France.

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RECORD-BREAKING FIFTH POSITION FOR DENNIS KUIPERS

Dennis Kuipers has made history after finishing fifth at Rallye de France Alsace in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. It is the best performance of a Dutch driver ever in the FIA World Rally Championship.

For the full story please click here

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FISHER SCOOPS MAIDEN WRC ACADEMY CUP VICTORY AT RALLYE DE FRANCE

British pairing Alastair Fisher and his co-driver Daniel Barritt claimed their first FIA WRC Academy Cup win on the penultimate round of the series last weekend at Rally de France.

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EVANS BREAKS FIESTA R2 RECORD WITH BEST EVER WRC FINISH

The Ford Fiesta R2 claimed its best ever finish in the FIA World Rally Championship at last weekend’s Rallye de France.

Elfyn Evans, former Kick Energy Fiesta SportTrophy UK and Ireland champion, piloted his Pirelli-supported Gwyndaf Evans Motorsport Fiesta R2 to an impressive 16th place overall to be top 2WD car and took the victory in Class 6.

For the full story please click here

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BLOCK TEARS UP THE TARMAC OF WRC FRANCE WITH PERSONAL BEST

Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino set two personal bests at this past weekend’s Rallye de France. While the duo charged hard throughout all three days of racing, they turned it up a notch for Sunday’s final stages, laying down a blistering pace at times that not only netted Block his fastest stage finish ever (4th fastest on SS18), but also his best WRC event finish of 8th overall, securing 4 points in the 2011 driver’s championship, doubling what he brought home last year during his rookie season.

Read the full story here

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BREEN LOOKS TO SCOTLAND FOLLOWING DISAPPOINTMENT IN FRANCE

After competing on Tarmac for the previous three events, it's back to gravel and 4WD for Craig Breen at next weekend's IRC Rally of Scotland as the Irishman returns to his Kel-Tech Engineering Ford Fiesta S2000.

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PRYCE AND ROWE TAKE THE WIN, AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP

With the International Yorkshire and Trackrod Challenge Rallies hosting the finale of the Fiesta SportTrophy (FST) and SportChallenge (FSC), fans were in for a real spectacle as 11 crews prepared to do battle for both the win and the Championship.

For the full story please click here

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RAUTENBACH AND KLINGER UP THE ANTE TO RECLAIM SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Conrad Rautenbach and Nicolas Klinger staged a remarkable recovery in their Ford Fiesta S2000 to take a comfortable 23 second victory – their third of the year - in the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, the penultimate round of the South African Rally Championship. They reclaimed the championship lead by six points, which they have led virtually since the start of the season.

Please click here for the full story

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OTHER NEWS

Toyota Cape Dealer Rally – South Africa

Conrad Rautenbach took the win in a Ford Fiesta S2000. Charl Wilken finished third in another Fiesta S2000. Jon Wilson and Mark Cronje finished seventh and ninth respecively also piloting the Ford Fiesta S2000

Rajd Polski Rally - Poland

Michal Solowow finished second in Poland in a Ford Fiesta S2000. Rafal Stalmach and Mariusz Wozniczko finished first and second in class respectively, both piloting the Ford Fiesta R2

Patriot Stages Rally - UK

Damian Cole and James Morgan took the victory in Wales in a Ford Focus RS WRC

San Remo National Rally - Italy

Rudy Michelini finished fifth in Italy in a Ford Focus RS WRC

San Remo Rally - Italy

Umberto Scandola finished seventh in Italy in a Ford Fiesta S2000

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