Neuville + M-Sport could take on Ogier

Neuville + M-Sport could take on Ogier

M-Sport has built a Ford Fiesta RS WRC to take on Volkswagen and Sebastien Ogier. But it needs a driver who can do the same. That man is Thierry Neuville, says DAVID EVANS, but can Malcolm Wilson win the Belgian back?

The gloom gathered and as a fine Finnish mist turned to a late-summer drizzle, I sensed the conversation was over. The talk had dried up. Unlike the weather.

Over a cup of tea in August 2013, I was talking shop with one of M-Sport's long-termers. We'd been through the glory days - the Tommi Makinen win in an Escort Cosworth; Marrko Martin in the 2003 Focus and then, of course, Marcus Gronholm versus Mikko Hirvonen versus Jari-Matti Latvala.

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