24 November 2001
Statement issued by Ford Motor Company

Following the accident this afternoon on special stage 11 involving car no 3 driven by Carlos Sainz and Luis Moya, Ford have decided to withdraw both its remaining cars from the Rally of Great Britain.

Martin Whitaker, European director of Ford Racing, said: "We are genuinely upset that spectators were injured today in an accident involving one of our cars, and, as a result, we have decided to withdraw from the event. We are keen to work with the authorities to understand exactly what happened and why it happened."

-FWRC-