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M-Sport extend lead in World Rally Championship

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M-Sport's Sebastien Ogier extended his lead at the top of the World Rally Championship with a second place finish in Corisca.

The Frenchman recovered from an electrical problem to overtake Dani Sordo in the final test of the rally.

The Cockermouth rally giants added more points to their tally with their number two driver, Ott Tanak, finishing in fourth position.

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Stokes chosen in ICC Test Team of the Year

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Cockermouth cricketer Ben Stokes has been chosen in the ICC Test Team of the Year.

Former Test stalwarts Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten and Kumar Sangakkara selected the sides based on players’ performances in the period from 14 September 2015 to 20 September 2016.

England’s Alastair Cook has been named as captain of the ICC Test Team of the Year.

ICC Test Team of the Year 2016 (in batting order) is:

  • 1. David Warner (Australia)
  • 2. Alastair Cook (England) (captain)
  • 3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
  • 4. Joe Root (England)
  • 5. Adam Voges (Australia)
  • 6. Jonny Bairstow (England) (wicketkeeper)
  • 7. Ben Stokes (England)
  • 8. R. Ashwin (India)
  • 9. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)
  • 10. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
  • 11. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
  • 12. Steve Smith (Australia)

Four time world champion joins Cumbria-based team

The four-time Rallying World Champion Sebastian Ogier has signed a contract to drive for Cockermouth based M-Sport World Rally Team.

Managing Director Malcolm Wilson has wanted to sign the Frenchman for many years, but he only became available after Volkswagen pulled out of the World Championship.

Sebastian Ogier. Credit: Red Bull/WRC

Managing Director Malcolm Wilson has wanted to sign the Frenchman for many years, but he only became available after Volkswagen pulled out of the World Championship.

Ogier spent time testing the Cumbrian team's new Ford Fiesta, before committing to M-Sport.

He will be paired Estonian 2016 Driver of the Year, Ott Tänak with the first event taking place in Monte Carlo in January.

We go to Rallye Monte-Carlo with the number one on the door of the Ford Fiesta WRC and the strongest driver line-up we have had in years. To say we’re excited about next season is an understatement. We believe that we have produced an exceptional car, and we are in the best possible position ahead of this exciting new era. We have worked extremely hard to secure them, and they believe that the Ford Fiesta WRC is the car with which they can best defend their championship. "There will be a lot of new things this season, but I am definitely looking forward to it. We have a new generation of world rally cars, and a new team – it’s certainly an exciting time.”

– Malcolm Wilson, Managing Director, M-SPORT

Taste Cumbria Christmas is underway in Cockermouth

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The second Taste Cumbria Christmas is underway in Cockermouth this weekend

The inaugural event came just a week after Storm Desmond swamped the town last December.

The festival builds on the success of the main Taste Cumbria event, organised in association with Cumbria Life magazine, which takes place during the last weekend of September.

Other spin-off events are now held all over the county, with more planned for 2017.

It was the popularity of the big Taste Cumbria festival which drove food and drink producers from around the county to ask us to arrange the first Taste Cumbria Christmas festival last year, and we couldn't wait to do it all again in 2016.

We know people will travel for two hours or more to go to a proper Christmas market - now they have one here in Cumbria.

Last year's event in Cockermouth came just a week after the county was hit by Storm Desmond.

It took the most amazing grit and resilience from the community to make sure the event happened, and the response from people who were determined to support their local producers and businesses was fantastic.

– Marie Whitehead, Taste Cumbria organiser
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