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The van Merksteijn Motorsport team entered a select number of WRC events in 2008. Their rally campaign started in Karlstad for the 2008 Swedish Rally in a Mitsubishi Lancer. In July the team took delivery of a second WRC car, this time the Ford Focus RS WRC 07, the first new-generation to be delivered to a customer team by M-Sport. This enabled Van Merksteijn, Jr. to make the switch to the Focus that his father had previously driven. After achieving its sole objective of 2008 by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Van Merksteijn Motorsport sold their Porsche RS Spyder to focus primarily on rallying. In 2010 Van Merksteijn Motorsport entered the Rally Sweden for the second time, the favourite event of father and son Van Merksteijn, where they both drove Ford Focus RS WRC cars.