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FIA World Rally Championship

Ford Stars Swap Tyres for Boots

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The FIA World Rally Championship front runners Mikko Hirvonen and co driver Jarmo Lehtinen will swap their Ford Focus RS WRC for running shoes when they run through the streets of Mexican city Leon for the UK Based charity, Sport Relief. The money raised this year will help people living unimaginably tough lives both in the UK and across the world.  Three major issues are being highlighted this year – Street and Working Children, Malaria and local projects in the UK.  Money raised helps to provide safe places for children to live get nutritious meals, an education and supports them as they cope with their difficult lives living on the streets.

Championship leaders Hirvonen and Lehtinen will be supported by BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team team mate Jari-Matti Latvala and his co-driver Miikka Annttila.

Hirvonen and Latvala, along with their co drivers will take to the 1.5km street stage will be supported by the team management, engineers, technician and even the team chef.

The Ford Stobart drivers Matt Wilson and Henning Solberg, alongside their co drivers Scott Martin and Ilka Minor, Munichi Ford's Federico Villagra and co-driver Jorge Perez Companc and new to the Ford WRC Family, Monster backed Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino.

All of the Ford drivers who are running the Sport Relief mile will be wearing t-shirts designed by David Beckham and his family.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out there with the whole team and doing something for charity.  We raised money for Comic Relief last year and I hope we can raise even more for Sport Relief this year.  Running isn’t my strong point, but I’m up for the challenge.  I’m a better boxer than a runner I think!  I also need to beat Jarmo or I have to buy him dinner!” said 29-year-old Hirvonen.

If you would like to support the team in their bid to raise money for this great cause, then you can do so at

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