WRC » Ford quits WRC, M-Sport to continue

Malcolm Wilson: We understand that tough decisions have had to be made and look forward to continuing our strong technical partnership into the future

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Mrploppy - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 4:22 PM

Damn & blast. Just as the future was looking fatastic for the wrc this happens. I find the timing puzzling because why stay through all the bad years and abandon it when it about to have a resurgence?

I know they say its because of the European economy but does the fact JML is leaving for VW mean they feel they cant win the championship anymore so they pulled the plug?

shaken - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 4:25 PM

Very surprised but was it really to be unexpected? After all BMW/Mini pulled the plug a few days ago. What I dont get is why they pulled out now that Loeb (Citroen) is to 'retire'. They (Ford/BMW) had the chance of a WRC title with Loeb out. It seems WRC has totally lost direction and meaning.

AJS - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 4:55 PM

Prodrive and M Sport are now looking for significant investors to plug the financial gap.

Its going to be difficult in the current climate.

I would think that M Sport new this was coming though, especially after Fords last minute decision to compete this year.

It's not the first time Ford have run without a true "works" involvement though.


October 15, 2012 5:08 PM

Ford as Mini/BMW.Its obvious that WRC desperately needs a rabbit out of the hat since VW itself will not be enough to cover the black hole created. Inspite of the fact that signs of such a disaster were foreseeable since 2 or 3 years ago, they (WRC org) failed to prevent such a doomed scenario.And they did so even they already have neighbours confronted with similar problems but who have taken actions. Dorna - CRT springs to my mind first.

Boo - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 5:31 PM

With Citroen considering switching to WTCC after 2013 as well, the WRC's future is looking a bit iffy again! Thank goodness for Volkswagen and Hyundai, but I wonder how long they'll stay around if there isn't much interest in the series.

Oh well - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 7:10 PM

Rallying cuts it's own throat every time, too expensive no investment in new up and coming drivers unless rich mum and dad, sponsors get very little coverage ie WRC Acad, so why bother ?
The FIA have done a great deal with Red Bull fair play we need them, now to sell cars they need emerging markets (brazil,china,India and drop dare I say UK as it's is painfully very poor and for m-sport well close the doors save the pain and cash the big c has just been diagnosed.

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