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Official: Stobart team to compete in `09.

The Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Rally Team will definitely compete in the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship, it has been announced.

While the Blue Oval's 'B' team was always thought likely to run again next season, as recently as the Wales Rally GB, at the start of this month, Ford boss Malcolm Wilson admitted that a few things still needed to be sorted before the programme could be confirmed.

A spokesperson for the M-Sport-run outfit has told Crash.net though that everything has now been worked out.

"A Stobart team was registered on Monday," he stated, "as we felt it was important to demonstrate our commitment and confidence in the championship."

The confirmation is a boost for the WRC, which has endured a torrid week following the shock news of Subaru's decision to axe its World Rally programme, something that came just a day after Suzuki also quit the sport.

The Stobart team, which recently celebrated its 50th outing in the WRC, has yet to confirm its driver line-up for 2009.

A number of runners though will be in the frame to join Matthew Wilson, although the favourites will no doubt be Gigi Galli, Francois Duval and Henning Solberg - all of whom competed for the team in '08.


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Daniel The Swede - Unregistered

December 20, 2008 2:05 PM

It´s all about the money lads , it´s not fair but we can´t do anything about it. I suffer with Andreas Mikkelsen , would have loved to see him in C4 next year and seen what he´s capable of :rolleyes: He´s young just like Wilson , but it´s an obvious fact that Mikkelsen is a more talented and more promising future star than young Wilson.

Sarah L

December 20, 2008 11:28 AM

Ohhh Dafydd, I could not agree with you any more!! The Matthew-bashing on this site does my head in. I marshalled in the service park at the Wales Rally GB, and even there I got fed up with people/other marshals(!) bitching about Matthew! It's unreal, just get over it already. 2009 will be Matthew's fourth year of his five year plan: at the end of this, Malcolm will do what's right for the team, whether Matthew is his son or not. But I do think Malcolm needs to let Matthew off the leash a little, especially in '09. We saw in New Zealand how fast Matthew can be when he's under no pressure to finish in one piece: if he was allowed to apply that speed every rally, I think he'd be right up there



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