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Ford to set new WRC record in Germany.

Ford will set a new world record on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland next week, when thirteen M-Sport built Focus RS WRC cars take in what is the tenth round in the World Rally Championship.

The German round in the series will also set the scene for a showcase of M-Sport's most recent customer teams from the Netherlands and it will see no fewer than five Dutch crews behind the wheel of a Focus RS in what has become quite a family affair for the nationality.

Competing in their recently purchased 06-evolution cars are the father and son pairing of René Kuipers and Dennis Kuipers with Dennis contesting his first ever WRC event.

Peter van Merksteijn will contest his sixth WRC event in Germany, this time behind the wheel of the first 07-evolution Focus RS made available to a privateer, handing the reins of his 06 Focus RS to new team-mate and son Peter Jr. While Peter Jr has firm WRC event experience behind the wheel of a GpN class vehicle, this will be his first attempt in the WRC class.

The fifth Dutchman to enter the event with a Focus RS is Erik Wevers who is also overseeing the running of both Kuipers cars under his Wevers Sport banner. Both van Merksteijn cars will be run by the van Merksteijn Motorsport outfit.

“Despite not being run by M-Sport's on-event WRC arm, all five crews will have access to top-class M-Sport engineers who will be on-hand to offer advice on car setup and assistance in the case of any possible technical issues during the rally,” added a statement from M-Sport.

Along with the three crews from current championship leaders the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and four from the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford rally team, the event also sees Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen contest the rally in a Focus RS WRC.

The full list of Ford Focus RS WRC drivers in Germany is as follows:

3. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Ford Focus RS WRC 07
4. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Ford Focus RS WRC 07
7. Gigi Galli Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 07
8. Francois Duval Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 07
15. Henning Solberg Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 07
16. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK M-Sport Ford Focus WRC 07

19. Andreas Mikkelsen Ford Focus RS WRC 06
21. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Ford Focus RS WRC 07
23. Erik Wevers Ford Focus RS WRC 06
24. Peter van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 07
26. Rene Kuipers Ford Focus RS WRC 06
28. Peter van Merksteijn Jr Ford Focus RS WRC 06
29. Denis Kuipers Ford Focus RS WRC 06


Related Pictures

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) / Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), BP Ford Focus RS WRC 07. Rallye Monte Carlo, 24-27th January 2008.
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Eric Camilli (FRA) Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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xdvg - Unregistered

August 07, 2008 4:11 PM

Send 14 Focuses to beat 1 or 2 C4s. Loeb to [probably] set another WRC record in Germany - oh, and Ford, too. Mikko''s going to need to do something spectacular in the remaining rounds. As much as I''d like him to win the championship - as I did Gronholm the last 2 seasons - we are fortunate to have someone as talented as Seb. Unfortunately, the only other drivers of about the same age that had a similar ability across all terrains are sadly missed in Burns and Martin. I hope Petter can start to repeat some of the results he achieved back in 03 & 04, and Chris can keep his consistency, but with a bit more speed. Hopefully I''ll be able to see something here in Sapporo in a couple of months.

rich ard

August 08, 2008 12:57 PM

dafydd, many are apalled at what happened in turkey, obviously you agree with ford. i was not querying their "popularity", only that i hoped ford would not resort again to dubious tactics. incidentally, what is wrong with my grammer (sic). focuses is the plural for focus, and not focus' as written by you.(lotus/lotuses etc) there is no need for insults



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