Time for the sleep­ing gi­ant

With all the WRC el­e­ments in place, Ford should make a re­turn

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

When Se­bastien Ogier stood on the top step of the ros­trum on the Monte Carly Rally af­ter a su­perb drive in the M-sport Ford Fi­esta, there were lots of peo­ple who sat up and took no­tice.

Among the on­look­ers were some of Ford’s very top brass, in­clud­ing Dave Per­i­cak, the firm’s head of global per­for­mance, as David Evans re­ports in his piece on page 12. That in­evitably set the tongues wag­ging. Could the Blue Oval be se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing a re­turn to the World Rally Cham­pi­onship’s top flight?

The an­swer is not known yet, but all of the in­gre­di­ents are now in place to make it a very at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for Ford. Mal­colm Wil­son’s firm is in an en­vi­able po­si­tion across sev­eral branches of the sport. The tem­plate for Ford to be­come im­me­di­ately en­trenched back in ral­ly­ing – in­clud­ing its lower reaches – is in place. And, best of all, it now has a rally-win­ning top-flight car and driver too.

Ford will tell you that it has al­ways had an open door for Wil­son and M-sport. We just wish it could go that bit fur­ther and for­malise the links. Matt James, Ed­i­tor

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