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Ford prepares for Sardinia showdown

Khalid Al Qassimi will drive the team's third Fiesta RS WRC, having been nominated to score points for Team Abu Dhabi, and will be making his third start in Sardinia.

"I'm full of confidence coming off my best result this year in Jordan," Al Qassimi said, "However, the stages in Sardinia can be complicated and varied, with a mix of hard and soft surfaces. It will be a challenging event, but I hope to keep pushing towards my goal of a top ten overall finish by the end of the season."

Seven other Fiesta RS WRCs are entered, with Matthew Wilson and Mads Østberg nominated by the M-Sport Stobart Ford team, which has also entered Henning Solberg, P-G Andersson and Evgeny Novikov. Munchi's Ford World Rally Team's Federico Villagra and FERM Power Tools World Rally Team's Dennis Kuipers complete the registered championship entries from customer teams.



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Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) Michael Orr (GBR), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Team Abu Dhabi
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC,  BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (fin) Mikka Anttila (fin) Ford Focus RS Wrc BP Ford Abudhabi WRT 1st position
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Fiesta RS WRC, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
WRC 2 winners, Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
WRC 2 winners, Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Nasser Al Attiyah, Giovanni Bernacchini (Ford Fiesta RRC, #40)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Mikko Hirvonen, Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC, #5 M-Sport World Rally Team)
Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)

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Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 12:36 PM

I think that Jari Matti is in prime position to launch his Victory bid here in Sardinia and I think that with careful planning and smart tactics he will have the speed to fight off all his challangers I hope he can pull it off, he deserves to win after coming so close a few weeks ago in Jordan. Im sure he thought that he had that one in the bag until he some how lost 4 vital seconds in one of the slits on the last stage I think that this year will see Jari Matti and Ogier going at it on every Rally, I can see Loeb, Hirvonen and maybe Petter fighting for the last step on the podium at the end of the season For sure this years Championship is very exciting



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