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Swedish Rally: Ford's 50th win report

Ford celebrates 50th world rally victory in Sweden * New Ford Focus wins second world rally in a row in Sweden. * Ford's 50th world rally victory. * Double celebration for new Ford driver Marcus Gronholm -- today is his 38th ...

Ford celebrates 50th world rally victory in Sweden

* New Ford Focus wins second world rally in a row in Sweden.

* Ford's 50th world rally victory.

* Double celebration for new Ford driver Marcus Gronholm -- today is his 38th birthday!

Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautiainen's victory on today's Swedish Rally was the 50th triumph for Ford in the World Rally Championship since the series began in 1973.

The Finns claimed the Blue Oval's landmark half century when their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car won the second round of the 2006 championship, their second consecutive victory.

Ford's maiden success came in 1973 when Finland's Timo Makinen won what was then called the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland in an Escort RS 1600.

The driver with the most wins for Ford is Colin McRae who won nine rallies in a Focus from 1999- 2002.

Ford's roll of honour is:

1973
Finland, Great Britain
Timo Makinen
Escort RS1600

1974
Finland
Hannu Mikkola
Escort RS1600

Great Britain
Timo Makinen
Escort RS1600

1975
Great Britain
Timo Makinen
Escort RS1800

1976
Great Britain
Roger Clark
Escort RS1800

1977
Kenya, Greece, Great Britain
Bjorn Waldegard
Escort RS1800

Finland
Kyosti Hamalainen
Escort RS1800

1978
Sweden
Bjorn Waldegard
Escort RS1800

Great Britain
Hannu Mikkola
Escort RS1800

1979
Portugal, New Zealand, Great Britain
Hannu Mikkola
Escort RS1800

Greece, Canada
Bjorn Waldegard
Escort RS1800

1980
Greece
Ari Vatanen
Escort RS1800

1981
Greece, Brazil, Finland
Ari Vatanen
Escort RS1800

1988
France
Didier Auriol
Sierra RS Cosworth

1993
Portugal, France, Spain
Francois Delecour
Escort RS Cosworth

Greece
Miki Biasion
Escort RS Cosworth

Italy
Franco Cunico
Escort RS Cosworth

1994
Monte Carlo
Francois Delecour
Escort RS Cosworth

Finland
Tommi Makinen
Escort RS Cosworth

1996
Indonesia
Carlos Sainz
Escort RS Cosworth

1997
Greece, Indonesia
Carlos Sainz
Escort RS WRC

1999
Kenya, Portugal
Colin McRae
Focus WRC

2000
Spain, Greece
Colin McRae
Focus RS WRC

Cyprus
Carlos Sainz
Focus RS WRC

2001
Argentina, Cyprus, Greece
Colin McRae
Focus RS WRC

2002
Argentina
Carlos Sainz
Focus RS WRC

Greece, Kenya
Colin McRae
Focus RS WRC

2003
Greece, Finland
Markko Martin
Focus RS WRC

2004
Mexico, France, Spain
Markko Martin
Focus RS WRC

2006
Monte Carlo, Sweden
Marcus Gronholm
Focus RS WRC

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Series WRC
Drivers Tommi Makinen , Colin McRae , Carlos Sainz , Didier Auriol , Marcus Gronholm , François Delecour , Timo Rautiainen , Miki Biasion , Ari Vatanen , Markko Martin , Bjorn Waldegard , Hannu Mikkola