WRC: M-SPORT CONFIRMS EVANS FOR FULL WRC 2019 SEASON
Elfyn Evans has been confirmed to drive in all 14 rounds of the 2019 WRC season for M-Sport.
The Welshman completes M-Sport's fulltime line-up for next season. Teemu Suninen, who was already confirmed to drive for the Cumbrian team next season, is M-Sport's other fulltime driver.
Scott Martin, Craig Breen's former co-driver, will be Evans' new co-driver next season. Breen hasn't got a drive for next season. Evans' 2018 co-driver, Daniel Barritt will be co-driving Takamoto Katsuta.
Pontus Tidemand announced earlier today that he will be competing at Rallye Monte Carlo and Rally Sweden as M-Sport's third driver. It's uncertain who will drive in the third Fiesta WRC from Rally Mexico onwards.
Malcolm Wilson will step down as Team Principal of the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. Allowing Wilson 'to devote more time to the commercial side of M-Sport as a business'.
Richard Millener has been named as M-Sport Ford's new Team Principal from 2019 onwards.
“It has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few weeks – from the elation of winning the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers and Co-drivers with Sébastien and Julien to their emotional farewell – and we have been working night and day to put together the pieces that go into making a team for 2019.
As I speak we still don’t have 100 percent of the details in place, but because of the huge amount of development work that has been going on behind the scenes; I felt that we had to make a commitment to see the hard work out on the stages. Working in collaboration with our partners in Europe and the US, every element has been reviewed and updated.
The continued financial and technical collaboration with Ford has been pivotal in pushing us forward, and together we are working on a new and improved ‘ladder of opportunity,’ which began with the recently launched Ford Fiesta R2 earlier this month. We have always said that WRC is our shop window, and the development work we do at the highest level filters down to improve every step of the ladder.
Next year is going to be a very important year for M-Sport. We have a number of new projects coming up including the launch of our Evaluation Centre at Dovenby Hall. We will continue to spread the net and work with existing partners – safeguarding the roles we have and taking advantage of any new opportunities that arise.
We rely on the support of the whole WRC community to piece together the missing pieces, but we are confident we have the tools to do a good job and so we are making the decision to push forward and work through the challenges as they arrive!”