Simon Jean-Joseph has today confirmed a collaboration with M-Sport to support Yazeed Al-Rajhi behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta RS Regional Rally Car (RRC) in the 2012 Super 2000 World Rally Championship.
Al-Rajhi, who secured victory on every round he entered in the FIA's Middle East Rally Championship back in 2010, has shown consistent improvement throughout 2011 in various events throughout Europe. Driving an M-Sport run Ford Fiesta S2000, the Saudi Arabian took to the stages of Wales Rally GB in November alongside experienced co-driver, Michael Orr.
This year will see the pairing make a welcome return to the world stage together with team boss Simon Jean-Joseph.
“I am delighted to return to the team [M-Sport] that prompted my first involvement in the WRC back in the days of the Focus,” said Double European Rally champion Jean-Joseph. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Yazeed, and I am sure he will take full advantage of the experience.”
Al-Rajhi will begin his SWRC campaign in Sweden, before then going on to contest the events in Portugal, New Zealand, Finland, Wales, France and Spain. SWRC runners nominate seven WRC events from eight.
“It is great to welcome both Simon and Yazeed back to the team for 2012,” added M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson. “Simon formed an integral part of the team in our first season with the Focus and I am keen to build on the collaboration we made with Yazeed at Rally GB.
“This will be an exciting year for both of them and I am looking forward to seeing how they progress.”