M-Sport Joins Forces with Qatar for 2013 WRC
M-Sport has announced a partnership with Qatar to run three Ford Fiesta RS WRCs in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship. The cars will compete under the banner of Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team and the squad will include Mads Østberg / Jonas Andersson, who have been nominated as points-scorers for all 13 rounds. Østberg has driven a privately-entered Fiesta RS WRC since the car’s debut at the beginning of 2011. The young Norwegian impressed this year by claiming a breakthrough victory in Portugal and a top five finish in every round he entered to conclude the campaign fourth overall. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah / Giovanni Bernacchini will contest a seven-round programme, beginning at Rally Sweden in February. Former Dakar Rally winner Al-Attiyah was instrumental in forging the partnership with M-Sport. He will battle for an eighth FIA Middle East Rally Championship crown with the British firm’s Ford Fiesta RRC in the final round in Dubai later this week.
Rossi Dominates Monza Rally Show
Valentino Rossi drove a Ford Fiesta RS WRC to his third Monza Rally Show victory. The seven-time MotoGP world champion and co-driver Carlo Cassina won five of the nine asphalt special stages of the main event, held within the grounds of the Italian Grand Prix circuit, to win by just under three seconds. The duo were even more dominant in the Master Show knock-out tournament. Meanwhile, in neighbouring France, Julien Maurin / Nicolas Klinger finished first in class and fourth overall in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC in the asphalt-based Rallye du Var.
Ford Escorts claimed the top 15 positions in the Roger Albert Clark (RAC) Rally in northern England and Scotland. Martin McCormack / Phil Clarke triumphed ahead of Steve Bannister / Kevin Rae and Will Onions / John Millington, all in MK2 models. The result maintained the Blue Oval’s unbroken dominance of the historic event since it began in 2004.
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