WRC » Stobart changes name and adds Østberg to line-up

The rebranded M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team will begin its 2011 World Rally Championship effort with new-signing Mads Østberg and Henning Solberg the nominated points-scorers on Rally Sweden next month

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Taz - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 1:41 PM

It's Kimi's Evil/Good twin.

Can't believe Matt & Henning got full programs...still should ensure some amusing posts on the WRC forum.

There will be more Fiesta's than a Tesco's car park on SS1.

Chris - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 3:55 PM

Pretty sure Stobart pay very little for the 'honour' of sponsoring Hapless. Henning will pay most/all of his costs as will Ostberg. M-Sport will cover Hapless and Stobart pay a nominal amount to give Hapless a little cover of credibility. If not Stobart are as thick as Malcolm continuing on this ridiculous quest to make Hapless anywhere near a top line driver.

Interesting that after 70+ starts Malcolm still doesn't trusst Hapless enough to nominate him to score manufacturer points.

Jasemat - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 9:00 PM

I do like at the end how he says "He's so happy to have Henning & Matthew as team mates"
So would i be, you can't fail to shine with those two driving the other cars.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 9:52 PM

@ Chris & Taz

Right on the money as usual.

Seems clear to me Stobart aren't putting as much money in as usual, and Malcolm's had to put his hand in his own pocket, hence the M-Sport name being the primary name in the team name.

With Henning & Mads, it will be a pure business deal, with the profits going towards running Matt's cars.

So, Stobart have finally woken up, and don't want to waste any more money. Will be interesting to see whether the Stobart sponsorship is less evident on the cars, and whether Henning & Mads get nominated for points more often as the season pans out.

Can't believe this waste of space will still be 'dis'gracing the stages this year.

On the upside, we can all take the p1ss mercilessly for the 6th year of the 5 year plan !!!

KrisMeekeSucks - Unregistered

January 12, 2011 9:53 PM

Have to agree with Taz. Ostberg looks so much like Kimi. lol. Do all Scandinavians look a like? I thought it was only Chinese who all look like carbon copies of each other.

I'm expecting Ostberg to sh*t all over his Stobart stablemates in Rally Sweden. :)

ade - Unregistered

January 19, 2011 12:20 PM

Hopefully this finally sees Matt Wilson relegated officially to the ranks of "spoilt rich kid who gets to play in fast cars because daddy pays" along with the likes of Khalid, and we can all stop pretending he's a proper driver.
Henning has always funded his own drive with his own sponsors - hence the very different livery on his car - with only minimal backing from Stobart/M-Sport and I guess Mads will be in the same situation. Looking forward to seeing them both in Sweden. Mads has got more talent in his little finger than Matthew and while Henning might be a bit of a laughing stock he's still capable of flashes of brilliance and the WRC needs personalities.

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