M-Sport Ford WRC Team Managing Director Malcolm Wilson OBE is celebrating 40 years in motorsport this Summer. Beginning in 1979 with the formation of Molcolm Wilson Motorsport the company has grown substantially and has been extremely successful in the FIA World Rally Championship.
In 1997, Wilson was offered the contract to run Ford’s interests in the World Rally Championship and in 1999, Colin McRae joined the team after leaving Subaru.
McRae competed in the new Ford Focus WRC car which made its debut in 1999 with the Scot taking victories in three events that season and setting fastest times at numerous events. In 2006, Wilson led Ford to their first WRC championship victory in 27 years.
In 2012, Ford decided to pull out of the World Rally Championship however M-Sport continued with a privately entered Ford and in 2017, the Cumbria based outfit had its most successful season to date winning the Drivers championship, co-drivers championship and the Manufacturers championship beating competition from the three works teams, Toyota Gazoo Racing, Hyundai Motorsports and Citroen Racing.
The team also won the drivers championship in 2018 and speaking about the anniversary, Wilson said:
When I started Malcolm Wilson Motorsport, I never imagined it would become what it is today. Likewise when the company became M-Sport and we moved into Dovenby Hall, I never thought we would outgrow the space. But we now have a state-of-the-art facility in Krakow and are in the midst of building the M-Sport Evaluation Centre which will provide a unique centre of excellence for engineering design and development.
“It’s really quite humbling when I look back at all the success we have achieved over the past 40 years, and how the company has grown and developed in that time. But none of it would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of every single member of the team who have passed through the doors of both M-Sport and Malcolm Wilson Motorsport.
“The business has been blessed with some fantastic people, and it’s those people who have made this success possible. I would like to say a massive thank you to each and every one of them.”
As part of the celebrations, this weekend in Finland, M-Sport will carry a special badge on their Ford Fiesta WRC cars.