Malcolm Wilson (rally driver)

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Malcolm Wilson
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Personal information
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1956-02-17) 17 February 1956 (age 58)
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1977 – 1995
Teams Ford, MG Rover, Vauxhall
Rallies 42
Championships 0
Rally wins 0
Podiums 2
Stage wins 29
Total points 59
First rally 1977 RAC Rally
Last rally 1995 RAC Rally

Malcolm Irving Wilson, OBE (born 17 February 1956) is a British former rally driver and current owner of team and constructor M-Sport. He is the father of current World Rally Championship driver Matthew Wilson.

Biography[edit]

Wilson on a stage rally in Scotland

He has over 20 years experience of rallying at world championship level, much of it with Ford. He drove for three factory teams in the world championship, including MG, in whose Group B Metro 6R4, he shared driving duties with fellow Briton, Tony Pond. He spent several years as Ford's chief test driver, developing new rally cars, including the short lived RS1700T and RS200 models.

As a driver, he won two British national titles in the late 1970s and achieved a long-held ambition by winning the British Rally Championship in 1994, all at the wheel of Ford Escorts.

After his driving career, he went on to manage and run the Ford World Rally Team with his M-Sport operation, based at Dovenby Hall near Cockermouth in Cumbria, England.

Under his guidance, M-Sport (formerly Malcolm Wilson Motorsport) has become one of the world's leading rallying private teams, with a string of international titles and wins to its credit. The company now employs over 170 people.

Their work culminated in 2006 when Wilson led Ford to the World Rally Championship Constructors' title for the first time in 25 years; the team repeated this achievement in 2007.

In September 2008, Wilson took part in the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally, a round of the Scottish Rally Championship centred in Perth in Scotland. He entered the event in a VK Vodka Kick sponsored Ford Escort RS1800 with co-driver Peter Martin. He was one of a number of ex-world and British champions to take part in the event in memory of McRae, who died in 2007.

Wilson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[1][2]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points
1977 Malcolm Wilson Ford Escort RS 2000 MON SWE POR KEN NZL GRE FIN CAN ITA FRA GBR
12
- 0
1978 Malcolm Wilson Ford Escort RS 1800 MON SWE KEN POR GRE FIN CAN ITA CIV FRA GBR
Ret
- 0
1979 Total Oil Ford Escort RS 1800 MON SWE POR KEN GRE NZL FIN CAN ITA FRA GBR
15
CIV - 0
1980 Total Oil Ford Escort RS 1800 MON SWE POR KEN GRE ARG FIN NZL ITA FRA GBR
Ret
CIV - 0
1981 Rothmans Rally Team Ford Escort RS 1800 MON SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA GRE
Ret
ARG BRA FIN ITA CIV GBR
Ret
- 0
1982 Malcolm Wilson Ford Escort RS 1800 MON SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA GRE NZL BRA FIN ITA CIV 66th 1
Audi Sport UK Audi Quattro GBR
10
66th 1
1983 British Junior Rally Team Ford Escort RS1600i MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR
13
- 0
1984 Top Gear Audi Quattro A1 MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV GBR
Ret
- 0
1985 Malcolm Wilson Audi Quattro A1 MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN ITA CIV - 0
Austin Rallying MG Metro 6R4 GBR
Ret
1986 Austin Rover World Rally Team MG Metro 6R4 MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
POR
Ret
KEN FRA
Ret
GRE NZL ARG FIN
10
CIV ITA GBR
17
USA 70th 1
1987 GM Dealer Sport Opel Kadett GSI MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR
Ret
- 0
1988 Malcolm Wilson Opel Kadett GSI MON SWE
8
POR KEN FRA - 0
GM Euro Sport Vauxhall Astra GTE GRE
Ret
USA NZL ARG FIN CIV ITA GBR
Ret
1989 Malcolm Wilson Vauxhall Astra GTE SWE
13
MON POR KEN FRA GRE 18th 19
GM Euro Sport NZL
3
ARG FIN AUS
6
ITA CIV
Vauxhall Dealer Sport GBR
10
1990 Q8 Team Ford Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 MON POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN
Ret
AUS ITA
Ret
CIV GBR
Ret
- 0
1991 Q8 Team Ford Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 MON
7
SWE POR
Ret
KEN FRA
5
GRE
Ret
NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA
10
CIV ESP GBR
Ret
18th 13
1992 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 4x4 MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
9
58th 2
1993 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON SWE
Ret
POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL 19th 12
Malcolm Wilson FIN
Ret
AUS ITA ESP
Michelin Pilot Team Ford GBR
3
1994 Ford Motor Co Ltd Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON POR KEN FRA GRE
6
ARG NZL FIN GBR
Ret
23rd 8
Jolly Club ITA
9
1995 R.A.S. Ford Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON SWE POR FRA NZL AUS ESP GBR
Ret
- 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, David (13 June 2009). "Malcolm Wilson awarded OBE". Autosport. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. p. 13. 13 June 2009.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Louise Aitken-Walker
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

1988
Succeeded by
David Llewellin
Preceded by
Richard Burns
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
Alister McRae