DOUBLE PODIUM FOR OGIER AND TÄNAK M-Sport made history this weekend as Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia won the first round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship at the legendary Rallye Monte-Carlo. Winning on its maiden outing, the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC continues M-Sport’s immaculate record with another victory on another debut of another new car.
Coming five years after the team’s last win at the 2012 edition of Wales Rally GB, the celebrations were made all the sweeter with a double podium Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja overcoming all obstacles to secure an impressive third place. In what has been a highly rewarding weekend for the M-Sport team, the Ford Fiesta WRC has proven itself to be a formidable contender and a strong base from which the team can build.
All three Fiesta WRC drivers secured stage victories this weekend three for Ogier, one for Tänak and a further three for Elfyn Evans. The team was also the only manufacturer to secure a one-two on individual stage times not once, not twice, but there times.
There remains work to do, but this is a very good start and the team are more motivated than ever to continue the season with the taste of champagne.