The 2020 Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC Arena which this year celebrated 30 years was a massive success. On Thursday the M Sport Ford WRC team revealed their 2020 livery for the Fiesta WRC car that will be driven by Esapekka Lappi, Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith. Team Principal Richard Millener and Managing Director Malcolm Wilson OBE were on hand to reveal the retro look to the car.
The three drivers appeared on stage for a Q&A. Speaking to Paddock Eye Richard Millener said that the team spoke with a number of experienced drivers but decided to go with a mix of youth and experience as Esapekka Lappi who joined the team from Citroen has now been with theee manufacturers in his shirt career through no fault of his own.
We spoke to Esapekka Lappi who said that the Ford Fiesta WRC car is a lot easy to drive than what he has driven previously and he is looking forward to getting underway with the Monte Carlo which takes place next weekend.
On Friday, the W Series took to the stage with CEO Catherine Bond Muir, drivers Alice Powell and and Sarah Moore were joined by new driver Abbie Eaton while Board member Advisor and former Formula One driver David Coulthard were at the show with Catherine and the drivers on the Autosport stage.
On Saturday, the highlight of the show was the appearance of McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown and Formula One driver Lando Norris were at the show discussing their expectations for the 2020 Formula One season.
Here at Paddock Eye we spoke to Motorsport Ireland about their plans for the future of Irish Motor racing and their imminent driver academy launch and the rise of drivers like James Roe in the US F2 series. Motorsport Irelamd have also launched ‘Come for Motorsport, Stay for the Craic’.
Sunday, the final day of the show, saw Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the Autosport stage to conduct an audience Q&A session which went down a treat with the hundreds of fans that attended the show to see him.
The dates for Autosport International 2021 have confirmed as Thursday 14 January to Sunday 17 2021. For information visit https://www.autosportinternational.com/