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Demon09 11-29-2011 03:03 PM

2012 Ford WRC Team
 
Hey Rally Fans,

Some of you may know that one of Ford's primary WRC drivers, Mikko Hirvonen, just left for rival Citroen for 2012. This is due to the fact that Ford has been dragging their feet on renewing their Manufacturer bid for 2012 (they still have a little under 2 weeks to do so).

The team still has Jari Matti Latvala under contract (he is arguably one of the fastest young drivers in the WRC now) and there are rumors that Ott Tanak might be picked to fill the 2rd seat with the team. Oddly, there has been almost no mention of the contract or returning status for Ford's third driver, Khalid Al Quassimi, though I would guess he would be back as well (unless his contract is based on Abu Dhabi sponsorship, which this lost sponsorship may be the reason for Ford pulling out).

Ford has been an icon in rallying for over 35 years, and it would be a shame for them to pull out now when there are more manufacturers in the WRC than there have been in many years, and the cars seem more competitive than ever.

I for one only started following the WRC because of Ford. My focus is an 07 with the SAP package, and when I bought the car I was curious as to why they would put a rally spoiler on a Focus--I quickly found out it was an homage to Ford winning the manufacturer's title in 2006 and 2007 with the Focus RS. After that, I was hooked and have been following all of the events.

So, why am I posting this? Well, as expected, someone has started a Facebook group to support Ford returning to the WRC. Sure, it could be a long shot, but its worth a shot anyway. A Facebook group did help convince Ford WRT to race the Fiesta in an awesome black livery for Rally France this year, so who knows, maybe they do pay attention to that.

The group can be found at http://www.facebook.com/groups/159136900850976/

In case the link doesn't work, the group is titled We want Ford's continuation in the WRC (as a manufacturer)

The more the merrier--maybe they'll pay attention. If not, at least there are some cool pictures of the Focus and Fiesta RS WRC on the page.

Cheers, and here's to hoping Ford commits to 2012 (or more) soon!

5characters 11-29-2011 03:49 PM

Ford can't leave!!!

KimberChick 11-29-2011 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by 5characters (Post 3911265)
Ford can't leave!!!

No kidding...especially since manufacturers have been dropping like flies in recent years...

Geezer 11-30-2011 10:11 PM

Ford could be positioning itself to support private teams rather than owning an operating its own team. They get the same exposure for a lot less money. They have been relatively successful doing this as can be seen by the number of private Fiestas being entered and their high placings. I don't think Ford could care less what driver wins as long as they (Ford) win the manufacturers title.

1sloho 11-30-2011 10:19 PM

well damn, besides ford and citroen, who else besides the private teams are their?

in.focus 11-30-2011 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by kttnmthkngs420 (Post 3913081)
well damn, besides ford and citroen, who else besides the private teams are their?

Mini and Volkswagen are both in, but hopefully Ford decides to stay!

cyberf 12-17-2011 12:05 PM

Hi, good news:

Ford commits to WRC and signs Petter Solberg
WRC flag

Ford of Europe continues its World Rally Championship programme for 2012 and 2013 signing a new two-year agreement with British-based M-Sport, Ford’s long-term rally partner. Jari-Matti Latvala is confirmed as lead driver in Fiesta RS World Rally Car with former world champion Petter Solberg joining the team as the second driver.

http://www.rallynz.org.nz/news/ford-...petter-solberg

bflesher 12-18-2011 09:15 AM

Nice, Petters driving style may mesh well with the ford, should be interesting.

Tyler T 12-19-2011 12:27 PM

your guys probly already saw these:
Ford confirming 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsSPJjLUKlA
Peter Solberg testing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOJgH...ure=plpp_video

Demon09 12-19-2011 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by bflesher (Post 3933380)
Nice, Petters driving style may mesh well with the ford, should be interesting.

Petter actually started with Ford early on in his WRC career and in a big controversy he left Ford for Subaru mid season (which kind of pissed off Malcom Wilson in the process) which is likely why his contract now is only for 1 year. They want to make sure he can play the team role well as a clear #2 driver to Jari Matti Latvala's championship run.


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