M-SPORT and Ford made history at last weekend’s Rally Guanajuato Mexico in becoming the first manufacturer with 200 consecutive point-scoring finishes in the FIA World Rally Championship.
The unbroken run started in 2002 and included three victories at Rally Australia.
Here’s WRC.com’s breakdown of M-Sport’s extraordinary achievement, by the numbers –
Rally Australia wins:
M-Sport and Ford won Rally Australia three times in a row – in 2006 (Perth, Focus RS), 2009 (NSW Tweed region, Fiesta RS) and 2011 (NSW Coffs Coast, Fiesta RS). Popular Finn Mikko Hirvonen was the driver each time; the 2006 win was his first in WRC and he went on to become the team’s most prolific points-earner.
First to most recent:
The first points finish in the record run came at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2002 when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae brought their Ford Focus RS WRCs home in third and fourth place. Mads Østberg’s podium and four points for Éric Camilli in Mexico are the latest.
Most successful event?
Sweden. M-Sport Fords have taken six wins on the Scandinavian classic since 2002.
Most frequent flyer:
Team Principal Malcolm Wilson has flown 1,050,575 miles since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
Drivers Wilson must thank:
A total of 17 have contributed to the record. They are Mikko Hirvonen (95 points finishes), Jari-Matti Latvala (56), Marcus Grönholm (29), Markko Märtin (28), Elfyn Evans (22), François Duval (19), Mads Østberg (15), Toni Gardemeister (13), Ott Tänak (12), Petter Solberg (11), Evgeny Novikov (11), Roman Kresta (10), Carlos Sainz (9), Colin McRae (9), Janne Tuohino (2), Henning Solberg (1) and Éric Camilli (1).
The percentage of rallies won during the 200 events stands at 20.
M-Sport / Ford reached their consecutive points centenary at the 2008 Rally of Turkey courtesy of a 1-2 finish with Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala.
889 since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
2811 in the manufacturers’ championship since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
154 since Rallye Monte-Carlo 2002.
The M-Sport / Ford record for consecutive podiums during the period stands at 14 – recorded between 2006 Rally d’Italia Sardegna and 2007 Rally Mexico, and again from 2007 Rally Argentina to 2008 Rally Mexico.
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