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M-Sport win Rally Italia

Tanak in action Credit: Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool

M-Sport have further extended their lead at the top of the World Rally Championship with Ott Tanak winning Rally Italia.

It was the Estonian driver's maiden victory in the championship after what team principal Malcolm Wilson described as a "fantastic drive."

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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Double podium for M-Sport in Sweden

M-Sport World Rally Team continued their successful start to the WRC season with a double podium at Rally Sweden.

The Cockermouth team's top driver, Sebastien Ogier, was in strong contention for the overall victory throughout the rally.

However, he had to settle for third place after losing out to Jari-Matti Latvala, who gave Toyota their first win after a 17 year absence from the WRC.

But it was Ogier's Estonian teammate Ott Tänak, who managed to take the second spot on the podium.

Rally Sweden is renowned for its treacherous driving conditions, with the majority of the rally taking place on snow and ice.

Cumbrian rally giants M-Sport sign world champion

Staff at M-Sport's rally headquarters in Cockermouth have been celebrating, after it was announced the team has signed four times World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier.

Team boss Malcolm Wilson sealed the deal after the Frenchman spent time testing their new car - and he's confident they'll be the team to beat next year.

In his first television interview since the announcement, Malcolm Wilson told our reporter Lori Carnochan just what it means for the team:

Pictures courtesy of M-Sport, Tom Cave and Red Bull/WRC.

TV Exclusive: Wilson says M-Sport will be team to beat

Cumbrian rallying giants M-Sport are celebrating today after signing four-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier.

The Frenchman signed for the Cockermouth-based team after testing their new Ford Fiesta last month.

In his first television interview since the announcement, Managing Director Malcolm Wilson told our reporter Lori Carnochan that he believes the team will be the ones to beat in 2017:

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"This is something we have never seen before"- driver reflects on MSport miracle rebuild

"This is something that we have never seen before. The car has been gone all day, submerged at the bottom of a lake, full of water, and the team had to do a full rebuild in just three hours!

"It was a crazy challenge, but I knew the M-Sport guys would be up for it. I have massive respect for my team. This was a huge task to do, but they have worked as hard as they always do and I am so grateful to each and every one of them.

"To get back out on the stages tomorrow is very important for me and Raigo. We need to rebuild our confidence and get back behind the wheel, and my team have made that happen this evening."

– Ott Tanak, MSport rally driver

WATCH: Moments from disaster... terrifying in-car camera crash footage

This terrifying footage was recovered from MSport driver Ott Tanak's in-car camera. It documents the moment the driver crashed down a revine and into a lake during Rally Mexico.

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

Both Ott Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder managed to swim to safety.

MSport boss Malcolm Wilson praised his Cumbrian team's "phenomenal" effort after the mechanics rebuilt the car in just three hours- despite it being submerged for ten hours.

WATCH: MSport crew escape terrifying crash

This was the moment when Msport team Ott Tanak and Raigo Molder suffered a terrifying crash down a revine, into a lake, on Rally Mexico:

Footage courtesy of FIA World Rally Championship.

Both the driver and co-driver managed to free themselves from their harnesses before swimming to safety.

The car was submerged under water for ten hours, however the Cumbrian mechanics managed to rebuild the car in just three hours and the team were able to continue rallying.

Malcolm Wilson praises "phenomenal" effort

"After what happened to Ott and Raigo, it was just a huge relief for the entire team to see that they were both okay. For me, it was important to get them back out on the stages and that was exactly what they wanted to do. There was no deliberation, and that shows a real determination.

"The job that our technicians did to get the car fixed was nothing short of phenomenal. There were a lot of people in the service park who didn't think it could be done, but I knew that they would be more than worthy of the challenge.

"They are a true credit to this team and I am sure that their loyalty and respect for Ott and Raigo also spurred them on – the crew staying by their side until the work was complete."

– Malcolm Wilson, Msport
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