Ford extends WRC participation until 2013

Ford extends WRC participation until 2013

With a WRC program scheduled to be further operated by UK-based M-Sport, the announcement made by Ford's European division extends its participation in the FIA World Rally Championship into 2012 and 2013. Castrol is going to provide support for the team in the following two years, a team that will be named Ford World Rally Team. The chosen weapon is embodied by the Fiesta RS WRC, a striking car model that made its public appearance this year, boasting the first three places in the first, as well as in the last races of the season. Jari-Matti Latvala together with his co-driver Miikka Anttila, will be the team leaders, as they were the proud winners of the most special stages in the 2011 championship, while the next year's championship will be animated by the second Fiesta RS WRC, driven by 2003 world champion Peter Solberg and co-driver Chris Patterson. A statement released by Gerard Quinn, Ford of Europe's senior manager for motorsport, said that the WRC was considered to be the WRC's motorsport's toughest competition for production-based cars. He added that they were proud of the great team with M-Sport and its leader, one of motorsport's rising stars, proving expertise and consistency on all surfaces. They also welcomed one of the sport's most experienced drivers, Solberg, the one who drove for Ford in 1999.