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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

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