The M Sport Ford WRC team broke a record at the 2020 World Rally Championship season opening Rallye Monte Carlo on Sunday scoring their 250th consecutive points finish.
The record which began 18 years ago when Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae in the Ford Focus RS WRC finished the 2002 Monegasque rally in third and fourth place respectively.
In that time, the M Sport Ford combination has scored seven FIA World Rally Championship titles, three manufacturers, two drivers and two for co drivers.
Since 2002 the partnership has racked up 50 victories and 185 podiums.
Speaking about this incredible achievement, M Sport Ford WRC team Managing Director Malcolm Wilson OBE said:
This is something I’m extremely proud of and something that I don’t think will be beaten for a very long time, if ever! It’s testament to the incredible team we have at Dovenby Hall – and especially when you consider that we didn’t have restarts when the record began.
“Dedication and attention to detail is something we pride alongside our passion and commitment to the sport, and that’s played a big part in our reliability and success over the years.
“I would like to say a huge thanks to all the 22 drivers and 28 co-drivers who made this possible, and an even bigger thanks to all of the personnel who have passed through the doors of Dovenby Hall – without whom this incredible record wouldn’t have been possible.”
Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsport Mark Rushbrook stated:
M-Sport and Ford have together achieved something unparalleled in motorsport – 250 consecutive WRC points finishes fully reflects the dedication and professionalism of the M‑Sport team and is yet another milestone for one of the motorsport’s most iconic and successful partnerships.
“When you consider the longest streak of consecutive points for any F1 team was 81 for Ferrari between 2010 and 2014, and then consider the brutal punishment that WRC cars take, it really puts M-Sport’s achievement in perspective. We are so proud of the M-Sport Ford team and look forward to many years of success in the future.”