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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runnah - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 7:59 PM

The FIA needs to get WRC in the states. It's a huge market and the like of Block and Pastrana have proven there is a market. Lets hope Red Bull uses some of it's market savvy to pull this series out of the toilet.

Also the FIA needs to get off it's collective ass and help. Put a cap on the costs. Make cars cheaper and closer to their showroom counter parts.

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 8:52 PM

Great shame Ford are pulling out, but no big surprise. Year after year of unfulfilled potential, which allowed Citroen to dominate, no drivers title in 16 years with M-Sport, lack of direction in the WRC, no TV deal, need I go on ?

With the poor attendance at this years Rally GB, the great big Ford/M-Sport set up in the service area in Cardiff Bay looked ridiculous. The WRC needs to offer a return on investment, and at present it doesn't. Hopefully they will be back if/when things improve in the future.

Will be interesting to see what happens at M-Sport. Ive always wondered whether the money was being spent on the wrong things, i.e. helicopters, motorhomes, mobile workshops, Matt's pathetic efforts etc., when it should have been on top line drivers, the car etc. always seemed like the priorities were slightly wrong. Citroen didnt bring half the infrastructure M-Sport did, but they were infinately more sucessful.

WRC is still in a perilous state. Citroen have had to seek outside inv

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 9:01 PM

(cont) investment, and have made significant losses this year, Mini have withdrawn. Hyundai dont come in for a year or two, and VW wont want to play long term if their competitors arent involved.

The WRC needs to cut costs dramatically, but in right areas. A manufacturer team used to run 3 cars with a fleet of 9 Transit vans, 3 management cars and a small number of mechanics and management team. You dont need huge service areas full of unnecessary people, motorhomes, trucks, workshops etc., etc. This adds nothing to the sport.

runnah - Unregistered

October 15, 2012 11:01 PM

@WRC for me

No, I agreed. Same when His Schu-ness domiunated F1, it got boring and people tuned out.

Loeb was the best and worst thing to happen to WRC.


October 15, 2012 11:02 PM
Last Edited 1142 days ago

@WRC for me

The FIA killed rallying, back in the 80s and 90s when the audiences were huge they say it as a direct threat to F1, the rest is history.

Mosley did his best to keep rallying surpressed, that's why I was hoping Ari would be in but alas that was never going to happen.

There's 100's of posts on the F1 threads but maybe only 30 or so have some thought and aren't pro/anto Schumacher/Hamilton/Button?Vettel threads. Bit like the MotoGP forum, quantity doesn't mean quality.

PSG are in a sorry state, Citroen could easily walk away.

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