Ford have confirmed today that they will continue in the WRC with M-Sport for 2012 and 2013 with option for 3 years. The company have signed a new two year deal with m-Sport, ford’s long term rally partner.
Ford’s driver line up will be Jari-Matti Latvala and 2003 WRC champ Petter Solberg. Ford of europe CEO Stephen Odell said, “Ford has a rich history in world rallying and we’re excited to continue fighting for the titles on the world stage with our great partners M-Sport. WRC is a great fit with thr Ford brand DNA of precise handling, fun-to-drive cars with leading technology and we’ll continue to leverage rallying to inspire innovation in future vehicles and reach new audiences.
Ford World Rally team boss Malcolm Wilson says, “the performance of the Fiesta Rs WRC in 2011 was strong on all surfaces and i’m genuinely excited about what we can achieve in the future. we want to challenge for world titles and I have no doubts that out car and driver combination, allied to the infrastucture and expertise of out staff at Dovenby hall will allow us to do that.”
Abu dhabi will no longer be the title sponsor of the Ford team. Castrol will continue to support them for 2012 & 2013.