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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Pinky - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 3:42 AM

Darn it! Gutted =( well i guess i wont be watching WRC again. ive supported Ford From 98 and im a Ford fan out right. so I wont be supporting any other manufacter.

also worried about were this will take Solberg and just as he was getting his career back on track =(

Janos - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 7:05 AM

The business model of the WRC has been failing since the Japanese manufactureres withdrew - if a company that makes WRC road cars cannot stay, no one else can. FIA need to re position WRC to cater for entrant teams, 2 simple classes Showroom and Modified, with modified being based on std engine castings but with option of either FWD or RWD. Mak car cost ~ 100 000 Euros.

richard

October 16, 2012 8:45 AM

ford are experiencing plummeting sales. ford finance m-sport, who have not delivered anything for them. it is no surprise that ford are giving up. a bit like toyota nad honda in f1. it makes little commercial sense to continue pouring millions into a team for no result. they could have maybe done better (sports wise) if they had backed pro drive, instead.
still, with vw (and red bull) coming in next year, there is still interest in the series.

Chris - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 9:11 AM

A really sad day. As others came and went (Lancia/Toyota/Subaru/Mitsubishi/Peugeot) Ford have been a constant and mainstay of the WRC for decades. That said it can't be a surprise to M-Sport. It appeared they showed up to make others look good, the results jusy weren't there - despite having Sainz, Martin, McRae, Gronholm, JML, Hirvonen, Solberg, not a single drivers pot. Malcolm must shoulder some of the blame, a massive motorhome, support for Hapless etc. Perhaps if he gathered up all he spent on Hapless and spent on making any of his cars a tenth quicker some more silverware might have kept Ford in the service park. A sad day.

Boo - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 10:02 AM

Production motorsport was always bound to suffer when the bottom fell out of the car market.

Only a handful of manufacturers are enjoying a decent time in the car market at the moment (Volkswagen Group and Hyundai/Kia funnily enough), where as the rest have had to tighten their belts a bit.

And motorsport programmes are usually the first to go when new management blood without misty-eyes come in to turn things around (still think Subaru are missing a trick, however)

I suspect axing WRC is a result of Ford's new slimline 'global model' strategy. That said, it wouldn't surprise me if they throw their weight behind WTCC instead.

JAndrade - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 10:20 AM

Sad, sad, sad. Just when you have a resurgence of promising young drivers, there are less and less seats available and the lack of interest from potential sponsors will make sure that, in a couple of years, great talents will be back to national or regional rallying. Mads, Mikkelsen, Lappi, Chardonnet, Abbring, Breen, Paddon, Evans... It could be the dawn of a new era in the WRC. Not anymore.

DafyddLarcombe

October 16, 2012 10:30 AM

Well the kettle has finally boiled !

Ford have been wobbling for a few seasons now, their commitment wavering more and more with time, Malcolm has known and planned for this for years so im sure he has a solid plan readu and waiting

It will be interesting to see how things go now that it will be 100% Malcolms decision regarding everything they do as a Team, sadly there will be significant job losses as he draws down the Overheads to suit the money coming in, but Im sure that he will do a sterling job without Ford

Im certainly not saying this is a good thing but im sure he will make things happen, my only concern is will Jari Matti now jump ship to VW or will he stay with Malcolm and lead the team to success in 2013

Billy - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 11:05 AM

I knew this was going to happen when I heard that Hyundai were coming back. It seems to be the way of the WRC , when 1 manufacturer comes in another drops out.

I have said for years now the FIA need to bring back Group A. The fact you could walk into a showroom and buy a car that was identical in appearance to the one your hero was driving in the WRC is what made the Series so popular plus the fact that the fastest way round a corner with them cars was sideways and that made it spectacular to watch.

ComputerGameMonkey - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 11:47 AM

I hope they don't regret the decision and leave the championship just as they have their best chance in years to win. Loeb leaving, VW probably not up to speed yet. It reminds me when Honda left F1 only for Brawn GP to win the following year. It does also seem odd to leave just as they are set to launch a Fiesta ST, surely the WRC would be a good place to publicise the car.

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