Why Ford's WRC pull-out is a big mistake

Why Ford's WRC pull-out is a big mistake

The Blue Oval's quitting of the World Rally Championship is bad timing, reckons David Evans. Our man explains why the 2013 Fiestas, run by M-Sport, could well be the weapons of choice

At least Ford was telling the truth this time.

The last time Ford walked away from the World Rally Championship, the announcement was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. In July 1994, Ford Motor Company issued a press release trumpeting: "Enhanced role for Ford Motorsport at Boreham". Granted, the facility was taking on a new development role, but what the headline missed was the fact that Escort Cosworths would no longer be wheeled out of Essex and onto the world stage.

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