M-Sport Ford World Rally Team is pleased to announce that a fourth driver will compete for the team at Wales Rally GB with South African Jan Habig joining regular points scorers Ott Tänak, Evgeny Novikov and the returning Matthew Wilson.
Competing behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta S2000 in the South African Rally Championship, the tenth round of the WRC will see Habig graduate to the Ford Fiesta RS WRC, liveried in the colours of his South African sponsor, Basil Read.
This may mark Habig’s debut in the modern WRC car, but this will not be his first venture to the world stage – surprising the world with a credible eighth place finish when he contested the 1994 Network Q RAC Rally in a Ford Escort built and prepared in his homeland before going on to contest Rally Australia in 1996 and Network Q Rally of Great Britain in 1998.
Habig began his rallying career as a privateer in 1983 and soon found himself as a member of the Nissan factory supported team. He made the move to VW in 1994, winning six South African Rally Championships alongside the manufacturer.
Making his debut with the Ford Fiesta S2000 alongside Basil Read at the Total Tour Natal Rally earlier this year, Habig is currently holding third place in the South African Rally Championship after securing two successive podium finishes.
Joining Habig in the navigator’s seat will be British co-driver Robbie Durant. Known for partnering Harry Hunt in the Intercontinental Rally Championship, Durant is an accomplished navigator having contested seven WRC events in his career – making his debut on the British event in 2010 when he partnered fellow Brit Jason Pritchard to 20th place overall.
When not reading the notes in a rally car, Durant works as a self-employed electrician building wiring looms for F1 teams the likes of Red Bull Racing and will be hoping to carry the F1 team’s good fortune forward to this month’s Wales Rally GB.
Jan Habig said: “I look forward to rallying with the M-Sport team, and believe that we will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge. I am confident that we will be in a position to apply this knowledge and further enhance the performance of our SA Ford Fiesta [S2000], not only for the remainder of the season, but also for the future.”