WRC – 2014 is ready to kick off in a few days, on the icy asphalt roads of Monte Carlo. So we would like to put some light on what to expect from this season. As we already discussed in previous post, this is the continued part of it.
Talking about the “Blue Oval”[a.k.a. Ford] run by M-Sport, they have also revealed their livery which is very spectacular, mix of blue and black. They have already sorted out their driver line up which is pretty strong, combination of experience and youth. Yes, experience in the form of Finn Mikko Hirvonen, which is like coming back to home for him. Youth in the form of young Britt Elfyn Evans, who has already shown glimpses of his talent in a Fiesta RS WRC machine. But the only thing which is still not sorted is the sponsors.
According to recently published Rallye Monte Carlo entry list, is says the team name as ‘M-Sport Ltd’ that means the 2013 season partner Qatar is long gone.
M-Sport has also joined forces with DMACK for a new driver series known as ‘Drive DMACK Fiesta Cup‘ within WRC program. This is mainly targeted to young talented drivers, offering them a cost effective season program to showcase their talent in world stage. Series consists of five European rounds, winner of this series has a guaranteed prize of full WRC 2 season in a Fiesta R5 in 2015.
One more good news is , the Pole Robert Kubica, switching to Ford Fiesta RS WRC run by M-Sport, in a full WRC programme, the team is named as ‘RK-MSport WRT’. It will be interesting to see how his rally education resumes in a full season of top level rallying.
Coming to privateers, [not much of them though] leading WRC privateer Martin Prokop confirms another WRC season of 12 rounds, missing only single round of Rally Australia. Czech driver is confident of another strong season ahead. They will be running a second car for the Slovakian driver Jarosalov Melichárek, at Rallye Monte Carlo and expected o make five more appearances.
In WRC 2 there is one more good news, Ott Tanak is back to top level rallying. Yes! DMACK has signed Ott Tanak and Jari Ketomaa for their WRC 2 assualt, team is named as Drive DMACK WRT. Ford Fiesta R5 will be their weapon.
Apart from that, Ott Tanak has a three round WRC programme in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC which commences from Rally Sweden, other two rounds are Portugal and Sardinia.
Other than that, WRC2 regulars Yurii Protasov, Armin Kremer, Italian driver Lorenzo Bertelli and Irish driver Robert Barrable will start their season with Fiesta R5’s. WRC 3 will be running on Citroen DS3’s and Junior Championship will run on Citroenprep identical Citroën DS3 R3Ts, as not much info on the driver line up yet.
French aces Francois Delecour and Bryan Bouffier will both drive Ford Fiesta RS WRC’s on the opening round of WRC , Rallye Monte Carlo. Many will be surprised by Bouffier’s choice to drive a Fiesta WRC as he was named as test driver for Korean car maker Hyundai.
Anyway, the team, drivers all are ready for the battle, so we are! Thats all for now, until then Happy Rallying!