M-Recreation Ford have signed Esapekka Lappi to steer its three-car effort within the 2020 FIA International Rally Championship with Teemu Suninen and Gus Greensmith proceeding with the staff.

Lappi and co-driver Janne
Ferm
transfer to the Cumbrian-based squad after Citroen’s withdrawal from the championship and can input a complete
season marketing campaign along Suninen, with Greensmith scheduled for a nine-round 2020
season within the 3rd Fiesta WRC.

The younger Finn, who’s signing manner the typical age of new-look
line-up is now simply 25 years of age, mentioned on his transfer: “I’m in reality taking a look ahead to this new journey and I’m excited to
see what we will be able to reach. M
‑Recreation
Ford has an actual hobby for rally and there have been a large number of proficient drivers
to be had for this seat, so I
’m more than happy they put their consider in us – giving myself
and Janne a chance to turn what we will be able to do in 2020.”

“We begin checking out this week, and I’m in reality taking a look ahead to finding the Fiesta. The final time I drove a Ford we had a large number of good fortune and it will be nice to peer that proceed this 12 months. I will’t wait to get began and hope we will be able to push for some sturdy effects.”

Lappi strikes from Citroen, who withdrew on the finish of 2019. Photograph Credit score: Jaanus Ree/RedBull Content material Pool

Whilst M-Recreation Managing
Director Malcolm Wilson
added at the 3 drivers: “We’re going again to our roots in additional techniques than one this 12 months –
fielding a tender staff and inviting two units of Finns again to the circle of relatives. We
loved some implausible effects with Marcus
(Gronholm), Mikko (Hirvonen) and Jari-Matti (Latvala), and now I’m taking a look ahead to seeing how the following
technology of Flying Finns increase.”

“However our core
philosophy has all the time been the promotion and development of younger skill, and
in Esapekka, Teemu and Gus we have now 3 proficient children who’re all
in a position to turning in some sturdy effects. The staff is also a tender one, however
they have got the enjoy and ambition to move a ways – and I’m prepared to peer what they
can reach in 2020.”

Lappi even though hasn’t pushed for M-Recreation within the championship, does have historical past of using automobile constructed by way of the staff after he and co-driver Ferm ruled within the Finnish Rally Championship again in 2012 in a S2000 spec Fiesta.

Suninen continues with the staff for 2020. Photograph Credit score: Jaanus Ree/RedBull Content material Pool

Suninen in the meantime in 2019 steadily challenged for podium
effects as he partnered Elfyn Evans
sooner than his transfer to Toyota over the wintry weather and the younger Finn continues with the
staff for 2020 whilst Greensmith competed on a number of WRC occasions final season as he
stepped in for the Welshman following a mid-season damage.

Group Foremost Richard
Millener
commented at the information: “There’s
a large number of attainable in our 2020 line-up and our purpose is to proceed difficult
for the highest effects. A rally win is without equal purpose, and I feel we have now
each probability of accomplishing that. Everyone seems to be made up our minds to ship, and we will be able to’t
wait to get caught in.”

“Esapekka is a confirmed
winner and there is not any doubting his velocity. He completed 2d thrice final
12 months so I’m taking a look ahead seeing how he will get to grips with the Fiesta. And if
it’s the rest just like the final time he were given at the back of the wheel of a Ford then we’re
in for one hell of a season!”

He endured: “I feel
a large number of folks can be prepared to peer what Teemu can do too. He and Jarmo paintings
in reality smartly in combination and I wouldn’t be stunned if we noticed them difficult for
the highest effects on reasonably a couple of occasions this 12 months.

“It’s additionally nice to
see Gus again with 9 occasions within the Fiesta WRC. He had a in reality sturdy debut
final 12 months and he’s handiest going to get more potent and extra assured because the season
progresses. That is very a lot a studying 12 months for him, but when I do know Gus he’ll need
to make his mark too!”

The trio will make their first look of the 2020 season
on Rallye Monte-Carlo, which takes
position later this month.



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