Malcolm Wilson has said that Ford's decision to remain in the World Rally Championship for another two seasons is a major boost for M-Sport, the company he formed and which of course runs the Blue Oval's WRC programme.

Ford's announcement on Wednesday that it would continue in the sport in 2010 and 2011 ended speculation that it might quit and with Citroen also announcing it would remain in the sport, just hours later, the WRC got a major boost prior to this weekend's Neste Oil Rally Finland, round nine in the 2009 World Rally Championship.

Speaking after the official confirmation, Wilson Sr vowed that there will be no let up as they continue to push to challenge for wins and titles.

"I'm delighted to continue our partnership with Ford. The announcement is a further vote of confidence in M-Sport and displays the importance in which Ford holds the World Rally Championship," Wilson Sr stated.

"We have a young and dynamic driver line-up which continues to gain in experience and maturity.

"The Focus RS WRC has displayed its speed, strength and reliability time and again, while we have the infrastructure in place at our Dovenby Hall base to develop, with Ford's support, the Fiesta S2000 into a car capable of taking the fight to our rivals in 2011.

"We're not in WRC just for fun, we're there to challenge for titles and we'll do everything to win.

"Throughout 2010 and 2011 we expect to maintain Ford's significant presence in the World Rally Championship service park, both through the official 'works' team and via our customers."

Meanwhile Ford of Europe's senior motorsport manager, Gerard Quinn, has predicted that more manufacturers' will join the WRC over the next two years.

"The WRC has made significant progress recently, particularly in reducing the costs of participation and confirming new long-term technical regulations to bring much-needed stability for manufacturers," he explained.

"We believe that with the help of these changes the championship will benefit from greater global media exposure as it goes from strength to strength, and lead to other manufacturers following our path over the next two years."


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