M-Sport have announced that Sébastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans will lead the M-Sport team throughout the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship alongside their respective co-drivers Julien Ingrassia and Daniel Barritt.
Negotiations with both crews have been on-going for some months and, during a team celebration at Dovenby Hall earlier today, Ogier spontaneously took the lead – he and Evans putting pen to paper there and then in front of M-Sport’s 240-strong workforce.
News on a third Ford Fiesta WRC is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said: “To have secured both Sébastien and Elfyn is brilliant news for the team. We’ve been working towards this goal for some time, so to finally have it confirmed is fantastic and means that we can now focus our attention on the continued development ahead of next season."
Sébastien Ogier said: “It’s great to finally announce our plans for 2018. What we have achieved together has been truly amazing, and we want to see that continue – to continue this fantastic journey and to defend all that we have achieved together."
Elfyn Evans said: “After a fantastic season for the whole team, it’s great that we’ll be a part of it again next year. After getting that first victory under our belts, we’re ready to take the next step and I think we all have another exciting season ahead of us."