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3 rounds ago Colin McRae had no points and it looked like he was out of the championship but after 3 consecutive wins he is now equal first, How good is that. :D
Sadly though for Carlos Sainz who was running second the whole event he had to retire on the last stage with engine problems. :(
The other Focus driven by Delecour finished 5th.
 

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Good to see Ford are having a real go in motorsport (global). They are doing a great job of it too, with success in Rallying, getting more competetive in F1 (although I can't see them getting to the pointy end without a top notch head engineer, and now good results in V8's, who'd think Ford were ever struggling.
 

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JEM said:
...who'd think Ford were ever struggling.
That's the thing. Most of the items seem to be in place, we're just not setting the world on fire in the showrooms. At least not in Oz anyway.. :(
Barra just can't come quick enough can it..
 

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Barra just can't come quick enough can it..
It sure can't, but the thing is there is so much expected from AV now, I'm worried that it could be a big slap in the face of Ford if its not what's expected.
 

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If the AV isnt successful then say goodbye to Falcon and say hello to Taurus.
 

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Martin said:
If the AV isnt successful then say goodbye to Falcon and say hello to Taurus.
*** gets his VodooÓ Kit out... ***
 

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It's great news and helps Ford's image heaps i reckon.Man those Focus's are good .Credit to the drivers as well.
 

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I wonder what the response would be if someone not knowing any better saw the Ford Focus on the tele', thought I'd like one of them, then proceeded to his/her local Ford dealer only to find that we haven't got 'em... Oh dear. ;)
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Year, there is definately alot expected from the Barra, but then again it seems that Ford Australia is only on a one car crusade with the Falcon.

It seems that they are trying to squeeze every little cent out of the AU range while the rest of their range passenger car range is still suffering.
Not taking on the Mondeo was in my opinion the wrong decision and with the all new Fiesta not due out till the end of the year (Europe) I'm thinking things are not going to get better for the majority of the year.

Anyway back to the topic, great to see Colin pick up his third win in a row. :thumbup:
 

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<B>Sunday, 17th June 2001 </B>

Ford's Colin McRae has scored his third win in succession in this
year's FIA World Rally Championship after a dramatic finish to the
seventh round, the Acropolis Rally. The Scot and co-driver Nicky
Grist entered the final 38km stage just 7.5 seconds ahead of their
team-mate Carlos Sainz, but the Spaniard's engine failed 8km into
the test and he was forced to retire. With McRae's other main challenger
Richard Burns losing time with an accident this morning (and
subsequently retiring with propshaft failure), Norway's Petter Solberg
threaded his Subaru Impreza over the rough Greek tracks to claim a
career-best second place.

McRae's victory lifted his career WRC wins total to 23, equalling
the record held by Sainz and Juha Kankkunen, and vaulted the 1995
champion to the joint lead of the drivers' championship with Tommi
Mäkinen, who finished fourth in Greece.


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Technical: The Focus RS WRC01s of Colin McRae and François Delecour
have been reliable today, but Carlos Sainz's car lapsed onto three
cylinders and then lost oil pressure 8km into the final stage, forcing
the Spaniard into retirement.

Sporting: Colin McRae admitted that he was 'relieved' to see father
Jim holding out a board confirming that Carlos Sainz had retired
during the last stage, for McRae had seen his overnight lead slashed
by a remorseless attack from the Spaniard throughout today's tests.
The double world champion took nearly seven seconds from the middle
loop of three tests, setting up a grandstand finish that was eventually
spoilt by his engine problems.

François Delecour was feeling further pain in his right wrist today
after he had to do a test without power steering yesterday, but the
Frenchman set consistently quick times and despite two punctures in
the last two stages he finished fifth.

Quotes: Colin McRae said: "It's great to get three in a row and hopefully
we'll make it a fourth in Kenya next month! I was fairly confident
going into the last stage but then about halfway through I saw the
board telling me that Carlos was out. It's unfortunate for him and it
was a good fight. The championship fight is obviously very much alive
now."

Carlos Sainz said: "The car slowed suddenly, then it went onto three
cylinders and the oil pressure dropped. This sport can be very cruel
sometimes, and I'm used to these things, but it's still very hard to
take. I was confident we could challenge Colin."

Ford World Rally team principal Malcolm Wilson said: "This is a
'bittersweet' victory, for while we're obviously delighted with Colin's
performance and result, we feel for Carlos. There were no team orders
and we had confidence that the car would last, but it's just one of
those situations. But we have to take satisfaction from Colin's win
and a good team performance."
 
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