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Ford: There will be no holding back on Rally GB.

Ford boss Malcolm Wilson has said that there will be no holding back on the Wales Rally GB next week and that Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala will both be told to go flat-out.

The M-Sport-run outfit heads to the season finale trailing Citroen by eleven points in the race for the manufacturers' title and that means a repeat of the one-two finish last time out in Japan is all but essential for the 'Blue Oval'.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio recently, Wilson Sr added though that he is confident they can do very well come the finish on December 7.

"There is only one instruction and initially Mikko and Jari-Matti both have to drive flat-out. There is nothing else that we can do," he explained. "Okay we will monitor what happens during the event, but certainly from the outset they have to be right up there. We have got to finish first and second. We cannot afford to hang back in any shape or form.

"Last year we finished first and second in GB with Marcus [Gronholm] and Mikko and I am confident we can achieve a similar result this year. Mikko and Jari-Matti are two of the most exciting drivers' in the championship. However we are obviously reliant on what [Citroen's] Sebastien [Loeb] and Dani [Sordo] do too.

"If we get the same result as what happened in Japan then that will be enough for us to retain our third [manufacturers] title by one point. But our guys can only do what they can do.

"If we do finish first and second that would be great, but we will still, as I said, then be dependent on Sebastien and Dani."

As for if the changes to the route will make things unpredictable, Wilson agreed that it probably will spice things up a little.

"I don't know exactly who has done those stages in the past - or if any of the drivers have done them. But they will be different from the last time they did them," he continued. "A small percentage of the rally is a bit like a new rally - a bit like Japan. Again those types of conditions tend to favour our drivers. We would probably hope for a bigger percentage of new stages every year. We will just wait and see.



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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 28, 2008 1:17 PM

well I say it yet again, so long as the FIA say "these are the rules" tactics will be imployed, this is not a local spud sack race, this costs the front teams tens of millions per season to compete, there are very smart and calculating people at the head of these teams so they will look at the "whole game plan" before each event, Citroen and Ford have both used tactics this year, e.g. Loeb gained big time in New Zealand using tactics - which helped him tie up the title earlier, but hey !! Thats the rules. No fault lyes with the teams, only the FIA for encouraging tactics with the way the rules are written. I agree however, I would prefer to see a Ford one-Two with no tactics on Wales G.B.

Nick Prins

November 28, 2008 2:24 AM

- Just one question please: using tactics = cheating ?? - Not when the FIA declares "These are the rules....." knowing full well that it will lead to teams using tactics. It may not seem very sporting, but if any driver has the chance to use these rules to win a rally, they would be silly not to.



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