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Ott Tänak, M-Sport Ford World Rally Team
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Why M-Sport has pinned all its efforts on a WRC reunion

M-Sport had a disastrous 2022 with its Rally1 Ford Pumas following Sebastien Loeb’s first-time-out win on the Monte. But now things are looking up with 2019 world champion Ott Tanak leading its attack, and the Cumbrian operation has optimism that it can challenge for a first title since Sebastien Ogier's departure at the end of 2018

M-Sport could have spent the off season licking its wounds after a difficult 2022, but instead it’s gone all in to rejuvenate its World Rally Championship title hopes by luring back one its favourite sons, Ott Tanak.

The news that Tanak will rejoin the Cumbrian squad, 12 years after it gave him his first break in the WRC, instantly added a new dimension to the 2023 title fight. That came after Tanak had dropped the bombshell that he would be leaving Hyundai at the end of last season with a year remaining on his contract.

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