M-Sports have confirmed that as part of a deal with W R Tullock and Sons, Scotland’s oldest Ford dealer, Sebastien Ogier and Ott Tanak will carry special number plates on their Ford Fiesta Eccoboost WRC cars for the entire World Rally Championship season.
The plates which are on loan from W R Tullock and Sons are WRT 1 for Ogier’s car and WRT 2 on Tanak’s car.
William Reid Tullock spent 18 years in the United States before returning to Orkney in 1901 when he founded W R Tullock and Sons. During his time in the US, Tullock met with Henry Ford with the pair becoming great friends and in 1915, while en-route to London, Ford docked in Kirkwall Bay with Ford requesting to meet Tullock.
That first Scottish Ford dealership remains in the Tullock family today with it been run by the fifth generation Warren R Tullock now runs the dealership.
Speaking at the recent Autosport International Show where they were guests of the M-Sports WRC Team, Warren R Tullock commented by saying:
Being avid motorsport fans – especially anything Ford or powered by a Ford engine – my father and I both thought this was an ideal opportunity for M-Sport to emphasise their position in the 2017 World Rally Championship; not only displaying the numbers one and two, but also having their status as a world rally team underlined with WRT 1 and WRT 2 on their car registration plates.
“We were absolutely thrilled and delighted when Malcolm expressed the same enthusiasm as we did for the idea and wish him, Sébastien, Julien, Ott, Martin and all at M-Sport every success for the exciting season ahead.
M-Sports Managing Director Malcolm Wison OBE commented by saying:
We’ve embarked upon what is sure to be one of the most exciting FIA World Rally Championship seasons in decades, not just for M-Sport but for rallying as a whole. It will be particularly special for our team as we enter this exciting new era with the number one on the side of the Ford Fiesta WRC.
“We have long enjoyed a special relationship with the Ford brand, as have W R Tullock and Sons, and we are delighted to accept their offer of these special number plates for the season ahead.
“It’s fantastic to have such support from such long-established members of the Ford family – highlighting the magnitude of what we have accomplished over the past few months.
“Now, all that remains is for us to continue our strong showing and keep the Blue Oval in its rightful place – challenging for the top-step of the podium.