Objective: a victory at the yearend!
Lisbon, November 13, 2001 - About nine months after the project kick-off, at the TAP - Rally of Portugal, the Ford Galpenergia Racing team will make its farewell from this year's rally stages with the main objective of a return to the top podium places.
Maintaining the now renewed and always reliable Ford Focus WRC which made its debut about a fortnight ago on the Casinos do Algarve Rally, Rui Madeira and Fernando Prata leave the promise that they won't disappoint the fans from the team supported by Galpenergia and the Ford Dealer Network, as they will make a rally full of determination and without any pressure related with strategic roles for the championship.
"Facing all the events that, one way or the other, have made impossible to show on tarmac surfaces the dominium that we implemented during the gravel events of this year's Portuguese Rally Championship, we would like to end up the present series with a victory at the Sport/Rota do Dão Rally", said Rui Madeira. "It would be a fair tribute to all team members, as well as to our sponsors", he added.
"Now that the title is definitively aside, our thoughts go exclusively to getting a victory, which, if it happens, will allow us to become Vice Rally Champions", he says. To reach that goal, which reflects the main objective of a team with the dimension and responsibility of Ford Galpenergia Racing for every event it might take part, Rui Madeira knows that he will have "to count with the performance of my main opponents, from Peugeot or Toyota, among other possible contenders. But, who knows...!"
As for the Sport/Rota do Dão Rally, to be held next Saturday, November 17, within Viseu region, it has six stages, all to be held twice, which total 106.8 km. "This is another sprint rally, a kind of event that I do not truly like but that many organizers are choosing as format for their rallies. This makes the events shorter, putting an end to the real 'true and tough' special stages!".