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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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'Outstanding' award for Cumbrian rally boss Malcolm Wilson

Cumbrian rally legend Malcolm Wilson has received an award for his Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry during a special ceremony at the House of Lords.

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Malcolm Wilson

A successful rally driver turned businessman, the entrepreneur founded the M-Sport complex at Dovenby Hall, near Cockermouth.

The company now employs more than 200 people, designing and manufacturing specialist cars, and it recently announced a multi-million pound expansion.

Having previously been awarded an OBE, the sportsman’s exceptional career as a driver and successful team owner has now been recognised by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA).

He was presented with the award by Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at the association’s annual reception at the House of Lords in London.

The event was attended by 300 guests from government, parliament and global motorsport and was hosted by MIA president, Lord Drayson. Mr Wilson enjoyed 35 years of rallying at the highest level.

He drove for three factory teams in the World Rally Championship, winning two British national titles and the 1994 British Rally Championship.

After winning the FIA Manufacturers’ World Rally Championship for Ford in 2006 and 2007, he received an OBE for services to British motorsport.

Under his leadership, M-Sport has become one of the world’s leading rally teams, with many international titles and wins to its credit.

Malcolm joins an elite group of previous MIA Award winners, including Ron Dennis, John Surtees, Sir Frank Williams, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, David Richards and Bernie Ecclestone.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “This is one of the biggest shocks I’ve had in my motorsport career.

“I really, genuinely, didn’t expect to win this award. I have a huge amount of respect for the MIA and so this, of course, means a great deal to me.

“Everybody here knows that in order to succeed in any walk of life, you need a great team around you and I am very proud to have worked with some incredibly talented pe

“ople throughout my career. The MIA has been a great supporter of M-Sport and has helped me with many aspects of my business over the years.

“I hope this body continues for the foreseeable future and that there are many great years ahead for everyone involved.”

Chris Aylett, chief executive of the MIA added: “Malcolm fully deserves this special award.

“From humble beginnings, his energy and limitless drive has developed a truly world beating motorsport business and has never moved from his beloved Cumbria, bringing wealth and employment to this beautiful region of the UK.

“Many UK suppliers have benefited from his success for a long period and will, undoubtedly do so in the future as he sets new standards in sports car racing and rallying.”

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