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Why not take your rally car for a ride to the winter sports?

Why not take your rally car for a ride to the winter sports?

If you see a problem, you see the solution as well! If you have that everyday environmentally-friendly but otherwise useless car and you want to have a go at the wintersport, why don’t you take a car that you’ve used to challenge muddy, dusty and snowy raods anyway? The Ford Focus WRC is good for it, don’t you think? Well, just start, put the skis on top and the cases inside and go to the snow and the ski slopes! You will not be the only one embracing this concept. However, looking at the signs at the side, I’d doubt if the driver really likes the snow or prefers the sunshine.

Written by joostboers

26/12/2010 at 1:37 pm

Annual review Ford WRC 2010

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The WRC Season 2010 has ended and the year is walking on its last legs as well… a good time for a review you would think! And as the snow outside doesn’t make going out attractive (I have tot take care of my words here I realise) if possible at all, Ford has made a 10-minute review of the last year of performances. It’s worth looking at the Focus WRC performing in various parts of the world. So what more to say than ‘enjoy it’?

 

Written by joostboers

19/12/2010 at 11:57 am

Dutch Driver in Ford Fiesta RS WRC

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The 25-year old Dennis Kuipers is participating in the FIA World Rally Championship with a Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared by M-Sport. He aims to start in ten rallies for the WRC. It is the first time a Dutch driver is participating this intensively. He will start in the Swedish Rally (10-13 February) where Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala start in the same car, but also Sebastien Loeb will be starting. His car will carry the Ipatec colour scheme, which cooperation already existed in this saison.

Movie: Dennis Kuipers in the Rally d’Alsace 2010

Written by joostboers

30/11/2010 at 10:53 pm

Ford WRC Report on the Wales Rally GB 2010

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In 2011, Ford will be entering the rally world with the all-new Fiesta WRC. The Final Challenge is what the rallymen and women sometimes call Wales Rally GB. Put simply, it’s one of the roughest, toughest events in the World Rally Championship calendar. And that’s even before it starts raining!

Enjoy the report with Bec Williams.

 

Written by joostboers

24/11/2010 at 5:10 pm

Double Finish for Prodrive Team

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Mark Winterbottom after winning the Desert 400...

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Prodrive’s Ford Performance Racing team pulled off a fantastic 1-2 finish at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on Sunday afternoon, when the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon of Mark Winterbottom, and FPR-prepared Bottle-O Racing Falcon of Paul Dumbrell crossed the line in first and second places respectively.

Starting from pole position, Frosty never looked threatened in a dominant display of speed – with the only tense moments being when asked by his engineers to lift-off the gas for a few laps to conserve his soft ‘sprint’ tyres.

“Without sounding arrogant, I don’t think there was a stage where I was really pushing overly hard,” Frosty said.  “The car was great in the wet – no dramas at all.  This has turned out to be a great weekend and it’s awesome to see PD (Paul Dumbrell) get his maiden podium.”

It was a great result for Dumbrell, who only on Saturday announced that he would be staying on with the Campbellfield performance outfit in 2011.

To top off a great weekend for FPR, the Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon of Steve Richards was steered home to finish in ninth place – an awesome accomplishment considering Richo’s starting position of 18th.

“Today’s race pace was promising,” Richo said.  “Qualifying the car was terrible.  I just couldn’t get the power down in the wet so we made a few changes to the rear before the race and it seemed to have paid dividends.”

The 84-lap race started on a rain-soaked circuit with continual drizzle, which in turn created the associated carnage and safety car periods throughout the early stages of the race, but before long the rain cleared and a dry racing line was produced allowing the front runners to get down to some serious racing.

Due to poor race results for James Courtney, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, Frosty’s championship hopes are well and truly alive with the Orrcon Steel FPR racer sitting only 200 points behind championship leader Courtney with four races left to go in the 2010 season.

The FPR Falcons return to the race track next weekend at Sandown for the Norton 360 Challenge.

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