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Wilson Sr: It’s game on now

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director, Malcolm Wilson has said that the battle for both WRC titles is well and truly on following the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

The 'Blue Oval' led the three-day event in Loutraki from start-to-finish, with Mikko Hirvonen putting in a 'masterful drive' en-route to the victory, while Jari-Matti Latvala recovered from his error in the final stage on Friday to scoop third.

The result rejuvenates Ford's challenge in both championships - and with second-placed Sebastien Ogier not nominated to score manufacturers' points, the M-Sport-run outfit still took the maximum 18-point haul.

Ford now lies just 15 points off Citroen in the manufacturers' standings, while second-placed Hirvonen has closed the gap in the drivers' series, with Sebastien Loeb only seven points in front.

"It's the perfect weekend. It was a masterful drive from Mikko,” Wilson Sr summarised. “Although he led after the first day, we were worried about the effect his start position would have on Saturday, but he knew exactly what to do and did it to perfection.

“He has driven a faultless rally. He knew how to tackle this one from start-to-finish. It's definitely one of his best drives.

“Jari-Matti did a great job too after his error and capitalised on the mistakes of others. There's been enough talk about Friday's incident and I'm really relieved to see the way he pulled it back and delivered.

“It is Ford's 70th and M-Sport's 40th win. It's also the first time a Focus RS WRC has won a world rally with an engine built entirely at M-Sport, and that's a proud achievement.”

Pressed on if the tables are starting to turn in their favour now, Wilson said it's definitely looking more positive than it was earlier this year when Citroen looked to have it in the bag.



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Podium, Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen(FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08 and BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team, 2nd place Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport and 3rd place Dani Sordo (ESP)-Marc Marti (ESP),Hyundai i2 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Fabio Andolfi (ITA) Manuel Fenoli (ITA) HYUNDAI i20 R5, ACI TEAM ITALIA
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - TEEMU SUNINEN (FIN) - MIKKO MARKKULA (FIN) FORD FIESTA R5, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX (FRA) - THOMAS ESCARTEFIGUE (FRA) CITROEN DS3 WRC
21.05.2017 - Valeriy Gorban (UKR)-Sergei Larens (EST) BMW‐Mini John Cooper Works, Eurolamp World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Essapeka Lappi (FIN) Janne Ferm (FIN), TOYOTA YARIS WRC, TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRT

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