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This year’s edition of Rally Mexico is an event that the M-Sport World Rally Team will never forget. Elfyn Evans equalled a career-best fourth while the team affected a truly phenomenal repair – getting the now legendary “TiTänak” to the end of the rally after it spent almost 10 hours submerged at the bottom of a reservoir.

9 March 2015

M-Sport’s technicians are renowned for their expertise and never-give-up attitude, and they certainly displayed that this weekend. Recovering Ott Tänak’s Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC from the water on Friday evening, they had the engine fired-up and running just two and a half hours into their service master-class.

Unfortunately, as the Fiesta sat damp in the overnight park fermé, a faulty sensor prevented the Estonian from making the opening speed test. But the team refused to give up the fight. Embarking on Rally 2.1, they were able to resurrect “TiTänak” – Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder re-joining the rally for today’s final stages.

Incredibly, the Fiesta completed all three stages – including the monster 55.82 kilometres of Guanajuatito (SS19). This astonishing achievement was the result of M-Sport’s strong-willed and supremely talented mechanics, coupled with the strength and reliability of the Ford Fiesta.

This epic team effort did not go without reward. Not only did Tänak get the vital seat time required to start rebuilding his confidence, but the Estonian also collected a manufacturer point for the team’s championship campaign.

The team christened “TiTänak” with a sticker in this morning’s opening service, and the crew wittily praised the work of the team by taking to the podium wearing goggles and a snorkel. Once the car returns to M-Sport, the bonnet will be signed by all who aided this astounding repair and displayed in pride of place at M-Sport HQ.
In the sister M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC, Evans and co-driver Daniel Barritt did exactly what they came here to do. Implementing their intelligent strategy with conscientious precision, the pairing were rewarded by equalling their best ever result in the FIA World Rally Championship.

The Welshman showed true strength of character. Adopting a risk-free strategy amidst the difficult conditions, he also demonstrated his speed potential. Pushing when confident, Evans set the third fastest time through the first pass of El Chocolate (SS4) along with the fastest split at section six.

Thanks to their impressive result, Evans and Barritt have now climbed into fifth place in the drivers’ standings. They’re in the perfect place to progress and will soon be ready to showcase more of their promising speed.

Elfyn Evans (4th) said:

“Overall I am extremely happy with my rally and to come away with a strong fourth place – equalling my best ever result – was a big positive. From a driving satisfaction point of view I think the pace was much better in Sweden and Monte, but we knew we needed a good result here and that is what we did.

“The main objective was to have a solid, mistake-free run and I think we have done that. Other than hitting a few tyres on the super special we didn’t have a single mistake which is something of an achievement here! Of course it was a bit frustrating at times – not being able to push to the maximum when there was a lot more to give – but today especially there was much more to lose than there was to gain.

“Finally I need to say how impressed I was with the team getting “TiTänak” to the end of the rally. I have to be honest, I was one of the people thinking ‘I’m not so sure that car will run again’, but to be fair to them they did an absolutely incredible job. I have a massive amount of respect for each and every one of those boys. They really are the best in the world and they’ve proven that this weekend.”

Ott Tänak (22nd) said:

“The team have done a fantastic job, it is something unreal what they have done. It’s such a great feeling to have been able to carry on today. It was so important for me and Raigo to do that, and we really enjoyed it. Now, we can look to improve in Argentina.

“I am so proud of my team and it is such a privilege to work alongside each and every one of them. It’s a real boost for a driver to know that you have people like that behind you all of the time one hundred percent. I am still amazed at what they managed to do this weekend. It was mega. It was fantastic. It was just incredible. The beers are definitely on me tonight!”

Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“After all of the emotions on Friday, we have come to the end of the rally with what is an absolutely incredible result for the entire team

“Elfyn [Evans] and Dan [Barritt, co-driver] secured a great fourth place – equalling their best – and are now in a strong fifth place in the championship. I think it’s fair to say that he was a little frustrated at times because he clearly had a lot more to give, but he kept his head and a mistake-free run on an event like this will only build his confidence going forward.

“As for the work the boys did to get Ott’s [Tänak] car to the end of the rally, in was nothing short of phenomenal. After everything Ott and Raigo [Mõlder, co-driver] went through, it was so important to get them back behind the wheel. It’s the first step in rebuilding their confidence and, incredibly, they even brought a manufacturer point back for the team!

“We truly believe that we have the most talented, dedicated and determined technicians in the sport; and they’ve proved that again this weekend. It’s an absolute pleasure to watch them at work. They’re a true team in every sense of the word and I certainly won’t forget this event for a long time to come.

“In fact, we didn’t change the bonnet after it had been in the water. It’s been the same bonnet on the car all weekend and when we get back to the workshop it’s going to be signed by each and every one of those technicians and displayed in the M-Sport museum.”

Nicolás Fuchs (2nd WRC 2) said:

“This has been a great rally for me. It was amazing fighting with Yurii [Protasov], Nasser [Al-Attiyah] and Jari [Ketomaa] – all rally we were changing positions. This is definitely an event where you have to keep calm and use your head and I think we did that. We made it through all of the stages, and here we are with a fantastic second place.”

Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (4th WRC 2) said:

“Our target coming here was to finish all of the stages and we managed to do that. Okay, it could have been better – we could have been on the podium – but I was really pleased with my speed. It was not an easy rally. I’ve been away from the WRC for eight months and I have a new co-driver – Marshall [Clarke] – with me for the first time, but our pace get better and better with every stage which was great to see.

“Going into the long stage this morning [SS19] we were very close to Jari [Ketomaa] but we overshot a junction and lost 12 to 15 seconds. At the end of the stage Jari was only about 15 seconds faster than us so that shows how good our pace had been because he is one of the best drivers in the world. I am happy to finish fourth because there were so many talented drivers here this weekend.”

Yurii Protasov (5th WRC 2) said:

“For today, I have to be happy. I think we showed really good pace and the working relationship between myself and Pavlo [Cherepin, co-driver] was very good all weekend. We just made a small mistake yesterday which was disappointing, but we need to look at the positives and I think there were a lot of them this weekend.”


When Ott Tänak’s Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta RS WRC left the road and became submerged at the bottom of a reservoir, no one thought it could be salvaged, but the M-Sport World Rally Team proved them wrong.

Affecting one of the greatest repairs in the history of the sport, “TiTänak” made it to the end of the rally with a championship point in tow.

This is the story of how the events of this weekend’s Rally Mexico became legend, and how M-Sport’s immensely talented and dedicated team of technicians and engineers became the true heroes of the FIA World Rally Championship.

09:24 – The number six Ford Fiesta RS WRC left the road 2.6 kilometres into SS3 and became submerged at the bottom of a five metre deep reservoir.

09:30 – When the following car cleared the stage, it became evident that there had been a serious problem and the team contacted all relevant organisations to discover what had happened as quickly as possible.

09:38 – The stage was stopped and the Rapid Intervention Vehicle was sent in, confirming that both driver and co-driver were okay with no serious injuries.

10:17 – The crew arrived back at the service park having been flown in by helicopter. They were then taken back to the hotel and given a full check by the team doctor. Raigo also started the lengthy process of drying his pacenotes, page by page.

12:09 – The crew came back to service to complete media interviews and the team sent the mechanics out to supervise the recovery of the Fiesta.

16:30 – The stage was closed and the recovery vehicles were permitted to enter.

16:45 – The organisers sent the first divers down to locate the car – it was no longer on its wheels.

17:45 – The Fiesta emerged from the watery depths and was pulled up onto the embankment.
18:00 – The car was loaded onto the recovery truck and Raigo Mõlder’s mobile phone was retrieved from the car, still working!

20:15 – The Fiesta returned to the service park and the team immediately started assessing the damage.

21:30 – Work began with a three hour Rally 2 giving a deadline for finishing the repair at 00:30.

21:55 – Twenty-five minutes into the three hour service, the technicians had stripped the car practically down to its shell – removing the windscreen, wings, bumpers, drivers’ door, full rear suspension, full front suspension, gearbox, turbo and full cooling package.

22:00 – Work was temporarily halted as regulations only allow one mechanic to work on the fuel system during the service. Following the fuel tank inspection it was decided to replace it.

22:03 – With the workforce back up to full numbers, the tank was removed as well as all of the interior: seats, electronics, radios and dashboard.

22:15 – The technicians started removing the standing water from inside the cockpit.

22:25 – The team produced an expert fix on a damaged engine block, and drained the engine of excess water.

22:30 – With two hours to go, they started reassembling the car. Every part which had been taken from the Fiesta RS WRC was replaced as new – everything except the seats, belts, bonnet and toolkit.

23:00 – With one hour to go, the technicians cranked the engine for oil pressure.

00:05 – With 25 minutes to go she roared back to life.

00:10 – For the final 20 minutes, the team fitted the bonnet, ran through the gears and even had time to give the car a polish – the number six Fiesta RS WRC leaving service well within time. Tänak and Mõlder delivered the car to parc fermé. The entire job was completed within the maximum three hour time limit.


08:30 – Tänak and Mõlder went to collect the Fiesta RS WRC from parc fermé, only to discover that it kept cutting out – the result of being stood overnight.

08:31 – The team’s quick thinking meant that as soon as the crew had pushed the car out of the holding area, a technician was waiting with a recce car to tow it back to service.

08:32 – The car was pushed into its service bay to the applause of the other manufacturer teams.

08:33 – The technicians adjusted the Fiesta’s geometry, changed the spark plugs, changed the electronic coils (twice) and managed to bring the Fiesta back to life.

08:49 – Tänak drove the car out of service and into refuel. Unfortunately, she came to a halt shortly after the refuel zone.

09:25 – Tänak and Mõlder were able to get the Fiesta up and running again, but the time allocated to get them to the start of the first stage has elapsed.

10:28 – The crew drove the car back to service, where she was left to bathe in the Mexican sun – drying all of the components ready for Rally 2.1.

15:10 – Rally 2.1 began with another three hour deadline. The technicians changed all of the fuel pressure sensors as well as the full engine loom. They also changed the oil and further adjusted the geometry.

16:25 – The engine was restarted and the engine engineer checked the data. Following this, it was decided to change the ECU as a precaution.

17:12 – Following a few start-ups to ensure there were no recurring issues, the number six Fiesta RS WRC was driven into parc fermé – ready to fight another day.

– ENDS –












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The 140th edition of RRM is eagerly awaited, with all the latest news from the World Rally Championship. Offering special reports with exclusive interviews of international level.
In this time the edition of the month of March, has in its credit everything what happened with the triumph in Sweden, of the British Elfyn Evans with Toyota.

What will come from the Rome Capitale Rally 2020, valid for the European competition, organized by the Italian firm Motorsport Italia, which is headed by Max Rendina.
An intense note from the top executive of TEIN INC. in Japan, Mr. Yoshio Fujimoto, with his sporting support for their stable programs in Motorsport on a global level, both with the professional support of the Japanese shock absorbers for the WRX and WRC. Counting on his successful sports campaign as a driver in the 90’s with Toyota.
Which left the Monte Carlo Rally, with the princely victory of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who drives the fabulous Hyundai Coupe i20 WRC Plus.

An exquisite and unique report to Mr. Yasuo Hiraoka, the head of Subaru Tecnica International, (STI), who thanks to the management of «kumi» Shinozaki, we were able to make this fantastic review with Mitaka’s boss.
Oliver Solberg, and his debut with the Fabia R5 EVO in Torsby.
The truncated schedule of the Speedagro Rally Argentina 2020, which has been postponed by the Coronavirus. And the Top Run of the Agnello brothers, who acquired a new generation Fabia R5 to run in the short term in the WRC3.
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Finally the new French weapon of Renault Sport Racing of France, the New CLIO Rally 5, which was shown as car 0 in Monte Carlo and debuts in the Mexican Rally Azteca with the Argentinean driver Martin Suriani.
Leaves a bitter and sad taste the postponement of the 40 years of the Rally of the Republic of Argentina, but it is a reason of world health, that exceeds to all, and the first thing is the common sense and the prevention of all.
We expect news soon, with the 2 month interval that the WRC will have, after the dispute in the WRC 2020 in Leon.

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Paulo Nobre completed stage five of Rally di Roma Capitale with his car boot open.

The FIA European Rally Championship regular from Brazilian explained that he forgot to close it properly prior to the run.

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M-Sport and Ford are proud to introduce the all-new EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta R5. Replacing its hugely successful predecessor, the new Fiesta promotes the latest motorsport technology and road-going design.

Based on the Ford Fiesta ST-Line which is manufactured at Ford’s world-class facility in Cologne, M‑Sport has worked closely with the Ford Motor Company to ensure the new Fiesta R5 provides a big step forward in terms of pace and performance.

The original Fiesta R5 is M-Sport’s most successful global rally car and continues to win stages, rallies and championships worldwide. With more than 250 cars in competition, the outgoing Fiesta remains a capable and competitive winner, but its successor boasts improvements in all areas.

The 1.6 turbo charged engine delivers 290 BHP and 475 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. The direct injection power plant is also fitted with a 32mm restrictor in conjunction with R5 regulations and provides a significant improvement in response and drivability

Brand-new suspension components include front and rear McPherson struts with redesigned three‑way adjustable dampers from Reiger. The new aluminium damper bodies save considerable weight, and the geometry has been remodelled for optimised traction and stability.

A newly designed Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to front and rear differential units is accompanied by hydraulic servo-assisted rack and pinion steering, and Brembo forged four-piston front and rear calipers provide the stopping power.

The initial design and development started in January 2018, with the first test session taking place in December that same year. Since then, eight test drivers have completed more than 30 days testing on a mix of different roads and conditions.

Smooth Tarmac, rough Tarmac, hot gravel, loose gravel, seasoned test drivers, rally winners, and even Formula One race winners – the latest Fiesta has been put through its paces and no stone has been left unturned in search of optimum speed, reliability and performance.

The project also upholds M-Sport’s support of young talent with 28-year-old Bernardo Fernandes – who engineered Sébastien Ogier to championship success in 2017 – leading the team.

Delving into his knowledge of the award-winning Ford Fiesta WRC, as well as the original Fiesta R5, Fernandes’ experience has been combined with the innovation of youth – his team creating one of M-Sport’s most long-awaiting and exciting creations.

Just like its predecessor, the all-new Fiesta R5 will get its first public outing at next month’s Ypres Rally – Éric Camilli taking to the wheel as the event’s VIP car. As one of the most experienced development drivers around, Camilli knows the car inside out and the event’s fast asphalt roads provide the perfect setting for the car’s debut performance.

More information on the all-new Fiesta R5 can be found in the Technical Specification, and those wishing to make an order are encouraged to contact M-Sport’s dedicated Sales Team at the following email address: R5Support@M‑

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:

“The Ford Fiesta R5 is our most successful global rally car. It’s a very special car for M-Sport and even though the original cars continue to win rallies and championships all over the world, we have taken our time to ensure this new model is even better with performance gains in every area.

“The test programme has been extensive, and we have worked hard to ensure this new car suits every level of driver. We have quite literally travelled the world – testing on a wide range of surfaces, in varying conditions and with a whole host of drivers taking to the wheel. This car is extremely important to us, and its adaptability is vital to its success.

“I’m extremely proud of this project. As a company we have always promoted young talent, and the design and development of the all-new Fiesta R5 was headed by one of our most ambitious young engineers – Bernardo Fernandes.

“We’ve always given opportunities to youngsters who show a real drive and passion for what they do. Bernardo is a prime example of this, and having driven the car myself I can tell you that he and his team have done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to seeing the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 in action, and hope to secure even more success!”

Ford Performance Senior Manager, Gerard Quinn, said:

“This is another important milestone for Ford as the introduction of the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 heralds the introduction of the latest in motorsport technology packaged into Europe’s best-selling car in its category.

“Ford investment in the new Fiesta R2 revealed earlier this year and the latest Fiesta R5 ensures that we are supporting a sustainable future in rally for competitors and our partners M-Sport.

“This new Fiesta R5 also enables us to provide a high-quality replacement for its remarkably successful predecessor which was introduced six years ago. In the past two seasons the Fiesta R5 has won more than 40 championships globally, and we are looking forward to much more success with this latest model.”

M-Sport Rally Engineer, Bernardo Fernandes, said:

“This was my first time heading up a project. It was a challenge, but also a real privilege to be given the responsibility. The outgoing Ford Fiesta R5 was so successful, and is still very competitive in the right hands, but we have taken our time to revise and improve every area of the car.

“The R5 category has always been extremely competitive and the biggest challenge is in finding the best compromise between cost and performance. We had a lot of previous experience that helped, and devised a rigorous test programme with a range of different surfaces and drivers.

“The whole team have worked exceptionally hard and we pushed every element to the limit in search of peak performance and reliability. I also need to say a special thanks to Richard Christensen who headed up the design team – his input was integral to the project and we couldn’t have done it without him.

“Overall, I’m confident that we’ve taken a significant step forward and I’m looking forward to seeing what the all-new Ford Fiesta R5 can deliver in the hands of our customers.”












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8 June 2019

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