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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October 16, 2012 12:34 PM


I'm sure the racing people at Honda regret pulling out but the bean counters won't and the board of directors will listen to them 1st.

Rallying has to be made significantly cheaper or it will die.

Really? - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 12:41 PM

A couple of things spring to mind here.

Firstly, irrelevant of what you think about motor homes and M Sport selling a lot of cars, at least those sales will at least keep the Fiesta WRCs in the championship next year and probably beyond.

Secondly, why is everyone having a fit about JML going to VW? I like the guy. It time and time again he throws good results away - none of us know the reasons for the crashes, but are they really the performances of a true team leader.

With the amount of money spent on repairing JMLs cars over the past seasons now being saved, there's probably half a seasons budget there!

Finally, if it wasn't for Ford of Europe, there quite possibly wouldn't be a Ford of any sorts thanks to the North American business being in such a mess. If it wasn't for Europe, Ford would have been gone and I think the amount that it bailed out the Yank side will be with the European business for years to come.

SIMY, cumbria - Unregistered

October 16, 2012 1:50 PM

The success of Loeb and Citreon has made Rallying a one horse race with a significant drop in peoples interest.A lesson could be learned from Formula 1 where a constant changing of rules and regulations gave us more different winners and this maintained our interest in the sport. TV coverage would have helped.


October 16, 2012 3:44 PM


It's North One and the FIA that are to blame, and if you think Formula One is a model that should be followed then that is extremely sad because it's the constant rule changes of the last 10 years that have caused people to leave the WRC in the first place

BT33 - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:42 AM

Like BMW Toyota Honda and BMW Ford realized F1 involvement does not sell road cars and does not contribute to road car technology anymore.

WRC has gone down the same extremly expensive high tech road as F1 to it's detriment. Toyota and Mitsubishi saw the light a long time ago.

Hamish Woodman - Unregistered

October 18, 2012 9:40 PM

It is a shame, as the Fiesta Works cars are things of beauty. However, wouldn't it be interesting if Toyota came back, as rumored? And if Honda take a closer look? There's no reason why Fords withdrawal won't wake the FIA up to properly embrace the sport that reflects whats driven on the roads each day (with a few tweaks,natch...), and provide decent incentives to the manufacturers. How many cars are currently produced for the roads that you could see as a rally car? Quite a few...so there's already a head start for Jean Todt to commence a MAJOR overhaul of the series he began in. We'll never see the glory days of Group B again (where total fan attendance was in the hundreds of thousands), but there's no reason they can't sit down with the manufacturers and nut out how they can entice them back to the sport that reflects what they sell to you and I.

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