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DafyddLarcombe

January 15, 2014 11:10 AM

WRC » M-Sport reveals 2014 livery


Ok, A few answers to a few questions and statements above : Last but not least the relationship between Ford and M-Sport is for the minute purely Ford assisting M-Sport with the Technology. I would imagine that M-Sport hold the rights to the Homologation of the Fiesta WRC and not ford, M-Sport is completely owned by Malcolm Wilson and from 1997 until 2012 M-Sport had the contract to Build and Run the works cars for for 15 years for Ford in the WRC. This came with Ford Funding that slowly shrunk in recent years but sponsors like Abu Dhabi stepped in to top the Budget up In 2012 Ford announced its official withdrawal from the WRC but still work closely with M-Sport and continue to assist with information and development of the cars Finally, The cars will appear on Monte with the Face lift front end like the R5 Fiesta that was launched last year

DafyddLarcombe

January 16, 2014 12:03 PM

WRC » Wilson excited about 2014 chances


This is the great thing about Malcolm, his Team is more like a Huge Family but they also are very professional and are able to supply the drivers with the best cars and the best feeling for them to challenge for a win, At Citroen they are perhaps too serious and the feeling is of pressure and expectation rather than freedom to express yourself on the stages I hope Mikko finds his feet and gets back ontop, I am very Impressed with the performances of both Robert Kubica and Elvyn Evans this morning, Im a little surprised that Malcolm thought Elvyn should take that tyre choice but didn't strongly suggest that same choice to Mikko and Robert though, like Kris Meeke said, I don't know why others didn't choose that because they only had everything to lose by not chosing that I hope all 3 drivers can stay on the road, and I am hoping that the conditions remain tricky so Mikko can maybe redeem himself and get into the top 5 possibly, and wow Bryan Bouffier leading for now, lets see If he can

DafyddLarcombe

January 13, 2014 3:20 PM
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WRC » M-Sport reveals 2014 livery


Wow That's More like it !!! At Last a Livery that really looks the business ! Well done to M-Sport, although it is a shame that Qatar didn't renew. I hope Malcolm can confirm a New Title sponsor for 2014 soon though He will badly need one as Neither Evans or Hirvonnen bring any Real Money, testament to the commitment of Malcolm Wilson. I think Ford will be returning to the sport in an official capacity maybe as soon as 2015 anyway so this just needs to keep them going for now

DafyddLarcombe

January 16, 2014 5:32 PM

WRC » Bouffier extends lead on Monte, Kubica third


Well day 1 of Monte was certainly a bit of a shock, not so much the weather but the fact the that ironically its was Hyundai that made the best tyre choice and the old hands all fell on their sword choosing not to take 2 snow tyres as spares in case of snow, this is not the Acroplolis, there was a actually a good chance of snow after all, so why wouldn't they take that option ??? Well done to Bouffier, Evans and Meeke in Particular, and I suppose Sordo too. Bouffier could yet win this but obviously Ogier is closing fast so lets see what tomorrow brings. Great to see Meeke doing so well, I hope he keeps inside his comfort zone and keeps it on the island. Shame Neuville went out this morning, would of been good to see him leading on their 1st event, he had the tyres in the boot and im sure he planned on using them. It would be great for M-Sport to get two cars on the podium and maybe see kris meeke get on there too somewhere, maybe even the top step. It is possible if Ogier slips up tr

DafyddLarcombe

January 14, 2014 10:59 AM

WRC » Experience key for Evans on Monte bow


With the Lack of a Title Sponsor for the Team and clearly there for a shortage of Budget to run a Full WRC Programme with Two cars on every Event It is even more humbling that Malcolm has given Elfyn Evans a WRC seat in the Main Team for 2014. It speaks volumes for the potential of Elfyn who came with no Budget when you have drivers such as Ott Tanak who eventually signed with D-Mack and Evgeny Novikov who is now out of a drive, and Novkiov came with money, just obviously not enough to secure a seat for a Full season, also you have Sordo whos family own the largest Supermarket chain in Spain and whos parents have contributed to his costs every season since God was a teenager, he ended up signing to do a few Rallies with Hyundai So it would seem that Malcolm had a fair choice of experienced drivers no doubt all offering their services and most with a budget of some sort, and even with his back against the wall financially he still chose Elfyn. I think it really does show that Malcolm

DafyddLarcombe

January 15, 2014 11:19 AM

WRC » M-Sport reveals 2014 livery


For Chris HX, I certainly don't think that there is any more Qatar money, the Deal was to be the Teams Primary sponsor for the 2013 season only, that ended at the end of last year so that is definitely finished and over with now. You have to Remember that Malcolm does not have any money coming in, so why would he spend tens of Thusands making his Trucks plain, I am sure Qatar have been contacted regarding this issue and s they are aware and are probably greatful for the free advertising. Secondly Hyundai do have the Calibre of Drivers that VW have, Thierry Neuville is their Lead driver this Guy will be a Match for Ogier all day long, it is the car that is questionable at the moment I personally don't think that the Hyundai will be a match for the other 3 cars straight away, I hear that the Engine isnt as strong as the drivers would like it to be at the moment, but that could change or could of changed since I heard about it a few months ago

DafyddLarcombe

January 14, 2014 10:38 AM

WRC » M-Sport reveals 2014 livery


Qatar have not renewed their one year deal with M-Sport so yes they have fully gone from the equation. Obviously this is not just bad for M-Sport from a funding point of view but also it will mean Al-Attiyah will be absent from the WRC this year, although I would guess he will still compete in the M.E.R.C. Malcolm probably has more important things to do in preparation for the 2014 season than get the Branding changed on the Service Trucks for now For Aldo2654 : Red Bull are obviously very happy to be Main Title sponsor to the VW WRT, after all they have the Top drivers and won both titles last year, this is the sort of Return that sponsors hope for, so I cant see M-Sport steeling RedBull away from VW anytime soon, although its not unheard of for them to sponsor two different Teams, im sure they do that in F1.

DafyddLarcombe

January 08, 2014 4:02 PM

WRC » Wales Rally GB secures two-year funding


This is Fantastic news for our WRC Event. Wales has been the Financial supporter of this event since about 1998 if I recall, in fact I think I did the very last Network Q RAC back in 1997 before it became Wales Rally GB the following year. Obviously due to the Welsh Government funding our Nations event it has had to remain completely inside of Wales, but thanks to Welsh Government funding we did not lose our much loved Rally and now its health and existence is guaranteed for another two years. Also it would seem the Welsh Government are Really starting to realise the potential in Motorsport as a Business, encouraging the development of Motorport Business throughout Wales, even heavily investing in an all new circuit in Ebbw Vale where the Valley Town has always struggled since the Pits were all closed down and the Town basically died along with it. Wales needs Good things like Business Development to put it and keep it on the Map


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