Ford has named Norwegians Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud as nominated drivers for next month's Swedish Rally. The pair will drive an M-Sport prepared Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. They...
Ford has named Norwegians Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud as nominated drivers for next month's Swedish Rally. The pair will drive an M-Sport prepared Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. They will join BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen as Ford's named points scorers.
Gardemeister's BP-Ford team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Tomanek will drive the BP Ultimate-branded Focus RS in which they finished eighth on the Monte Carlo Rally earlier this month. They will be eligible for drivers' points but will not score for the manufacturers' series.
BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson took the decision following the Monte Carlo Rally, at which Ford took a share of the lead in the championship. "Henning is a highly experienced driver in winter conditions who has the ability to deliver a good points-scoring result for the team. This decision also removes the pressure from Roman and Jan. They have started Sweden just once previously, and now have the opportunity to increase their experience there without the worries of having to concentrate on scoring points for Ford as well," he said.
Solberg, who finished sixth in Sweden last year, said he was delighted to be nominated. "I am so looking forward to the rally and will do everything in my power to deserve this vote of confidence. I will direct all my efforts towards finishing the rally and scoring important championship points for Ford," he said.
The Swedish Rally will be the first of seven loose surface European WRC events for 32-year-old Solberg in an M-Sport-prepared Focus RS. He will also compete in Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Finland and Britain.