Ford to support FPR and SBR only
Quote from Conrod by GTRmagic....
Confirmed in AA today is a fundamental policy shift by Ford Racing towards major support for a select number of Ford teams.
The article states direct quotes from Mr Polites that SBR & FPR are the only 2 teams thus far likely to retain Ford support in a significant way in 2004 and 5 years beyond.
This is at odds with the curious Howard Marsden plan which saw small dollars spread across many teams in the hope that one of them would get up every week, and it didnt matter which one it was. Doesnt make for a championship attack, just a load of uncoordinated race wins.
The bigger question it raises, and we talked about this in the last few weeks on here, is what happens to the other teams. The new 888-Briggs, BJR, DJR, SER, Thexton, PLR, LMS all seem to be in the process of either missing out completely on Ford bucks, or indeed reduced to levels lower than in 2003.
My question would be whether these teams likely to miss out can survive without manufacturer dollars, considering some of them have been sucking up Ford money for many years... is a switch to Holden on the cards for some or all of these guys??
Raises more questions than it answers methinks... but certainly the right move... rewards the best Ford team of the last 3 years, and the owner of hotcar division FPV....