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As Cumbria-based M-Sport embarks on the twelfth and penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship this weekend, the stage is set for a historic Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, with the Cumbrian squad in with a strong chance of securing the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers.

With the crown within touching distance, M-Sport require just one of its three Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRCs to reach the finish of the final stage. Do that, and the Cumbrians achieve the unthinkable – a private team from the edge of the English Lake District beating some of the world’s largest automotive companies.

If that weren’t enough, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia also have their first mathematical chance of securing the drivers’ and co-drivers’ titles – giving Malcolm Wilson’s team the potential of a dream double celebration on home soil. As a driver and a Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson has tasted his fair share of champagne at the British fixture, but this year’s vintage could be the sweetest yet.

“It’s hard to find the words to describe just what a momentous achievement we are on the verge of securing this week”, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said: “When we started developing the Ford Fiesta WRC, I knew we had the people to design a competitive, rally-winning car, and we always hoped to be in this sort of position. Now that it is a reality, but it’s not done yet and we cannot forget just what a challenging event Wales Rally GB can be. The changeable weather, unpredictable grip and long days make it one of the most demanding events of the year.”

With a record-breaking 13 Ford Fiestas in the M-Sport service park, the team will have to be at the top of its game and have left no stone unturned in its pursuit of success – success which it hopes to celebrate throughout the field.

Sebastien OGIER 198
Ott TANAK 161
Thierry NEUVILLE 160
Jari-Matti LATVALA 123
Dani SORDO 94
Elfyn EVANS 93
Craig BREEN 64
Kris MEEKE 60
Hayden PADDON 55

M-Sport WRT 358
Hyundai Motorsport 275
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC 225
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT 198

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