A renewed M-Sport 'debut' in the Monte carlo Rally


M-Sport starts a new season in the World Rally as a team builder despite not having the direct support of Ford. A bet complicated and always depends largely on the budget that you get to gather the preparer of Cumbria with the sale of their vehicles. As is almost tradition, M-Sport arrives at the Monte carlo Rally, with notable changes in its line-up of pilots already for the season 2016 WRC the training has changed their two crews. In this way, on the two Ford Fiesta RS WRC will be Eric Camilli and Mads Ostberg.

Eric Camilli is the great novelty. The French rider not only competes for the first time with M-Sport, but it is also a debutant in every rule. Camilli will play their first rally on a World Rally Car in a ‘Mount’ that does not seem the most conducive to dealing with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, due to the complexity of their sections and, above all, by the changing conditions that usually bring the test. Despite this, Eric Camilli is very motivated with his debut, especially because the Rally Monte carlo is almost like a home race for him.

“I Am very excited with my debut in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. It’s almost like a rally to me, but that does not mean that you do not know the conditions that we’re going to find. It is difficult getting the right tires to choose from in each loop,” explains Camilli. The French also adds: “We’ve had some very good tests and we’ve been able to test different set-ups with the team. It’s a wonderful feeling premiering as a pilot officer M-Sport, but now is the time to begin really. Our first goal will be to finish the rally, but we have a good feeling with the car”.


Mads Ostberg is back to M-Sport after competing two seasons with
Citroen. The pilot Norwegian knows the team, the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and
in addition holds a great experience in the Rally Monte carlo. Ostberg
finished fourth in the last two editions of the test and was
sixth in the sections of the test when I was competing with M-Sport in 2012. The
pilot himself acknowledges that: “The Rally Monte carlo is one of the
classic. Is a fantastic quiz with great stages, but the riders
we face a lot of challenges along
around the end of the week.”

“you can Never learn from this event,
because every time is different,” explains Ostberg. “It’s a rally that I
like it, but you don’t know what you’ll find. I hope a lot of
snow and the choice of tires is complicated. It is the first
once that Wave and I are going to sit together since 2004, but until the
time everything is working fine”. To conclude, the Norwegian believes that
“I’m ready, and we have had very good tests in the past
weeks. I think that we will be able to get a good result in
Monte carlo”.

Elfyn Evans is the latest official driver from M-Sport,
although it competes in the category WRC2 at the controls of the new Ford Fiesta
R5 Plus. The welshman will fight for the title of the category from the Rally
Monte carlo: “I have wanted to try the improvements of the Ford Fiesta R5. The
team has worked very hard on this evolution and the sensations
initial, have been very positive. This will be my third Rally
Monte-carlo. You never know quite what to expect. Premiere copilot in this
event and even though we have spent time practicing notes, there is always a
time to perfect the new couple”.