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Jon Armstrong Factory ERC Driver for M-Sport

C&M Motorsport Sales welcomed Jon Armstrong as an ambassador and sponsored driver during the 2023 season, in which he represented M-Sport Poland in the European Rally Championship, becoming the ERC3 Champion.

Having helped develop the latest Ford Fiesta Rally3 Evo as one of the official test drivers, Jon was given the privilege of giving the Rally3 Evo its competition debut at Rally Canarias.

In 2022, whilst fighting for the Junior WRC championship, Jon held a fundraiser in order to make the start line of the finale at the Acropolis Rally. C&M Motorsport M.D. Martin McKenna provided support for this event, which not only allowed Jon to raise the funds required for the final Junior WRC round, but it kick-started a closer relationship moving into the next season.

Like many rally drivers, Jon started his competitive driving in local Rally Sprints at the age of 13, becoming the RSA Junior Champion three times and continued to hone his skills there until turning 17, when he moved into Stage Rallying.

From here, Jon’s career moved forward, showing pace in both the British and European Junior series before reaching the World Championship in 2016 thanks to a scholarship in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, which was achieved by winning the DMACK Shootout at Dovenby M-Sport. During the 2016 season, he was able to win two rounds and secure two prize drives in the 2017 onboard a Ford Fiesta R5.

On his debut outing in an R5 car at Rally Germany, Jon was able to match some of the most experienced WRC2 drivers and score a fastest stage time. However, without any further WRC2 drives in 2018 and being unable to find the required budget to keep driving at R5 level, he turned his attention to eSports and became the virtual World Rally Champion.

Winning the WRC eSports title helped open up the path back into real rally driving once again and Jon had his sights on the Junior WRC Championship. In both 2021 & 2022 Jon narrowly missed out on the Junior WRC title, finishing runner up both seasons.

We are proud to be onboard with @jonarmstrongrally for the 2024 ERC season, great to see local talent competing at the highest level! We wish Jon and Eoin the best for the season ahead! Check out some of the details below.

Jon Armstrong is set to challenge for the 2024 European Rally Championship driving an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta Rally2. The programme continues Armstrong’s strong relationship with the Cumbrian rally team as he steps up from recent Rally3 successes.
The reigning ERC3 champion has teamed up with co-driver Eoin Treacy for the eight-round campaign.
 
“It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to complete a full year behind the wheel of a Rally2 car,” commented Armstrong. “We’ve been working on this for numerous years and I’m very grateful to M-Sport for the opportunity along with support from the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, Seacon UK, C&M Motorsport, and all of my close partners.
 
“Jon’s achievements in 2023 exemplify the talent and potential we strive to support at M-Sport,” said M-Sport UK Chairman Malcolm Wilson.
 
Time in M-Sport Poland’s Ford Fiesta Rally4 and Rally3 cars was crucial in Armstrong’s progression on the world stage. To represent M-Sport at Rally2 level was always the ideal next step. Now, Armstrong’s full focus is on the highly competitive European Rally Championship. He has already spent several days with M-Sport getting up to speed with the Ford Fiesta Rally2 having spent the last couple of years driving M-Sport Poland’s Rally3 variant.
 
𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗥𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿:

Rally

Surface

Date

Rally Hungary

Gravel

12-14 April

Rally Islas Canarias

Tarmac

02-04 May

Royal Rally of Scandinavia

Gravel

13-15 June

Rally Estonia

Gravel

05-07 July

Rally di Roma Capitale

Tarmac

26-28 July

Barum Czech Rally Zlin

Tarmac

16-18 August

Rali Ceredigion

Tarmac

30 Aug – 01 Sep

Rally Silesia

Tarmac

11-13 Oct