Global energy drink brand, Red Bull, will increase their support of the World Rally Championship in 2018.
Already supporting world champion, Sebastien Ogier in 2017, the Austrian mark will extend their support to other M-Sport drivers, Elfyn Evans, Teemu Suninen and Eric Camilli.
Evans, who was already a Red Bull athlete, will have an identical livery to Ogier’s across all 13 rounds in the championship winning Fiesta WRC.
Suninen and Camilli, who will start the season in WRC2, will also have Red Bull liveries for Monte Carlo.
It’s a huge plus for M-Sport, who have also welcomed the increased support from manufacturer, Ford.
Team principal, Malcolm Wilson, said that he always looks forward to revealing the cars for the season.
“Every year we look forward to revealing our liveries, and this year we were able to do it in style with a joint launch at what is widely considered to be the traditional start of the motorsport season – Autosport International.
“We pride ourselves on producing striking liveries year after year, and this year is no different.
“Increased technical support from Ford Performance is represented, as is the increased involvement from Red Bull which sees their support extend to the younger drivers coming through our ranks,” Wilson added.
A common Red Bull livery across their cars will help with M-Sport Ford’s marketing push, as well as the young careers of Suninen and Camilli.
It is expected that Teemu Suninen will be driving a World Rally Car at several rounds.
Suninen, who showed immense promise last season, will embark on an even more extensive 2018 season, including rounds in a World Rally Car, expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Red Bull brand has followed success in the past, and 2018 looks to be an even more ominous prospect for M-Sport Ford’s rivals.
Now ‘the hunted’, M-Sport will be looking to remain at the top of the World Rally Championship.
“Another thrilling year of close-fought competition awaits, and we can’t wait to get going.” Wilson concluded.
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