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Published on December 16th, 2011 | by Seán Ward


Ford Expands Rallying Investment

Ford has signed a two year agreement with M-Sport so as to compete in the 2012 and 2013 World Rally Championships.

M-Sport has been working with Ford since 1997, but this latest deal will see what Ford hopes to be a much more successful year in WRC.

The Fiesta RS WRC will be the main car Ford will enter into the championships after it won its first and last race of the 2011 season.

Jari-Matti Latvala and co-driver Miikka Anttila from Finland will be leading the Ford team, and will be joined by world champions Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson.

Gerard Quinn, Ford of Europe’s senior manager for motorsport, said that “The WRC is motorsport’s toughest competition for production-based cars. Through WRC, we can convey the attributes of our road vehicles and send a clear message to our customers and fans about Ford’s passion and expertise.

“We have a great team with M-Sport and its leader, Malcolm Wilson, and in Jari-Matti Latvala we have one of motorsport’s rising stars. Already regarded by many as the fastest driver in WRC, this year he showed consistency and expertise on all surfaces.  We believe he will flourish in his new role as Ford’s team leader, and look forward to seeing his pace light up the special stages around the world.

“The addition of Petter Solberg to the team brings one of the sport’s most experienced and flamboyant drivers back to the team where he started his top-level career.  A drivers’ world title and 13 world rally victories are testament to his abilities and his vast experience will be a great asset to our line-up.”

Malcolm Wilson, M Sport’s director said that “The performance of the Fiesta RS WRC in 2011 was strong on all surfaces and I’m genuinely excited about what we can achieve in the future.

“We want to challenge for world titles and I have no doubts that our car and driver combination will allow us to do that.”

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