Former World Rally winning driver Mich?le Mouton was appointed manager of the World Rally Championship on Thursday.

In her role as the FIA's WRC manager, Mouton will now be responsible for the 'co-ordination of all aspects of the Championship', including but not limited to safety, regulations and the calendar.

She will also represent the sport's governing body on the majority of WRC events, working in close collaboration with the manufacturers, promoters and event organisers.

In addition Mouton will continue to play an 'important role' in the working group responsible for the future development of rallying.

"This is a very exciting and challenging opportunity, especially at a time when President [Jean] Todt wants to significantly increase the profile of the sport and take it to new heights," she said.

"I am looking forward to working with all the WRC stakeholders; together I believe we can bring new dynamism to our spectacular sport."

Mouton was the first woman to win a round of the World Rally Championship and went on to win a total four WRC rallies in the 1980s.

The Frenchwoman was also vice champion in the 1982 World Rally Championship, earning much respect not only for her driving, but also for her personality and passion.

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