M-Sport confirmed as collaboration for Wales Rally GB weekend announced24 Oct 2017
The M-Sport World Rally Team cars will be wrapped in a special Autosport International livery at Wales Rally GB this weekend. The unique collaboration also marks the announcement that M-Sport will be exhibiting at the show in January.
The Wales Rally GB weekend is a decisive one for the M-Sport team. The British outfit are within striking distance of the manufacturers’ crown, needing just four points over the remaining two events. Whilst a fifth successive GB win this coming weekend would guarantee Sébastien Ogier the championship, making him only the third driver to win WRC titles with different manufacturers.
Spectators at Wales Rally GB will be in with a chance to win one of five pairs of Paddock Pass tickets to Autosport International in January (terms and conditions apply). All fans have to do is take a photo of the distinctive Autosport International liveried M-Sport Rally cars along the world-famous stages across the weekend, upload the images to social media channels and tag M-Sport and Autosport International using the hashtag #ASI18. You have until Friday 3rd November 2017 to get your submissions in.
Autosport International is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as @autosport_show, @Autosport.International.Show and Autosport International respectively. M-Sport can be found across all social media channels using the handle @msportltd. Winners will be announced the week following the Wales Rally GB event.
Europe’s premier pre-season motorsport show attracts elite teams from across the globe and fans in their thousands. A number of M-Sport products, engineers and team representatives will be on-hand to talk to fans and customers on the stand opposite the main Autosport stage. Further details will be announced closer to the show, which takes place between 11-14 January 2018 at the NEC Birmingham.
Last year M-Sport launched world champion Sébastien Ogier’s 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC challenger in its striking livery at the show, ahead of the Monte-Carlo Rally. The team also had its Bentley Motorsport’s Continental GT3 racer and the unique MS-RT Transit on display across the weekend.
Autosport International Show Director Kate Woodley said: “Autosport International is recognised around the world as the start of the motorsport season and in January we were delighted to have M-Sport’s Ford Fiesta WRC unveiled at the show. How things have progressed for Malcolm Wilson, Sebastien Ogier and the whole team since then. We are absolutely delighted to renew our association with the team and the car at such a pivotal point in what’s looking like a history-making year for them.
“A superb Autosport International kick-started an exceptional year for M-Sport and we look forward to reflecting on that at the NEC in January.”
M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said: “It’s great to be back at Autosport International again next year. It is very much the traditional start of the motorsport season and always delivers a fantastic event. Whether we’re meeting with fans or new and existing partners of customers, Autosport International provides the perfect platform to start the year.
“It’s also fantastic to have the show with us at Wales Rally GB once again this year – where we hope to realise the potential that our team has shown throughout this incredible new era of rallying.”
Stay tuned to see all of the action from the show and to see what is on the M-Sport stand.
Competition Terms and Conditions: Winners will be picked at random. Travel is not covered and winners are liable for their own safety at the event. Competition winners will be selected within seven days of the competition closing. Competition winners will not be able to transfer their Autosport International ticket. If the winner does not respond within seven days, the tickets will be distributed to a different winner, selected at random.
Only five pairs of Paddock Pass tickets will be given to winners. Winners can select what day across the Autosport International weekend they would wish to attend. Paddock Pass tickets allow for entry to Autosport International & the Performance Car Show, padded seats in the centre of the Live Action Arena, access to Driver Signing Area, access to backstage Paddock Area and a Paddock guide.