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Old 03-14-2004, 14:33   #1 (permalink)
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Mexico Rally - Ford 1-2

Mexico Rally

1st. Martin
2nd. Duval
3rd. Sainz

Driver Standings

Loeb 20 pts
Martin 20 pts
Gronholm 16 pts
Duval 14 pts
Solberg 13 pts

Manufacturers Standings

Ford 40 pts
Citroen 30 pts
Peugeot 21 pts
Subaru 19 pts
Mitsubishi 5 pts

Great result for Ford & a great start to the season.
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thats what i am talking about
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WAHO!O!!!
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YEAH BABYYYY!!!!

Good stuff Ford and may it continue!
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Go Markko!!!!!! thrash that focus!
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Excelent result. I hope they take out the championship this year.

Fireman Sam, please read this Do *not* post race results in subject line
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Ford's reliable Focus does the job
Most of the teams admitted that the Rally Mexico's roads were rougher than they appeared. Many cars suffered from mechanical problems and only a minority of teams were able to avoid major mechanical problems.



The Ford Focus' reliability proved to be a major asset, just as Martin and Duval's talent behind the wheel.

Martin was even a bit surprised to be leading the race after stage seven, knowing that he was only fifth at the end of the first leg. The Estonian took advantage of the other drivers' problems to take the lead and was able to control the situation until the end of the rally, notably when Carlos Sainz put some pressure on him in the final leg.



Francois Duval was also able to take advantage of his rivals' troubles. The Belgian drove really well on the rough and tricky Mexican roads, challenging and beating Sainz in a battle for second position. The performance of the two Ford drivers, combined with the reliability of the Focus, has helped Ford reach to the top of the Constructors' championship, 10 points ahead of CitroŽn.

Loeb's retirement and Martin's 10-second penalty allowed Sainz to position himself in second place, only fifteen seconds from the leader. The Spaniard had an excellent opportunity to win but luck was not on the CitroŽn driver's side. The Xsara was suffering from brake problems near the end of the race and Carlos rolled his car, losing more than a minute, which was enough to make him fall down to third place.



At least CitroŽn scored valuable points for the Constructors' championship despite Loeb's retirement.



Pictures and text from Rally-Live.com

Go the mighty Focus

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Good to see these guys have held up my poetry hey Tim? hehe
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