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M-Sport Ford final summary

3 AW Rally Team Driver: Antony Warmbold (D) Co driver: Gemma Price (GB) Vehicle: Y3 FMC (Ford Focus WRC02) Leg One: A level head combined with a careful choice of Michelin rubber saw Antony Warmbold and Gemma Price set a steady ...

3 AW Rally Team
Driver: Antony Warmbold (D)
Co driver: Gemma Price (GB)
Vehicle: Y3 FMC (Ford Focus WRC02)

Leg One: A level head combined with a careful choice of Michelin rubber saw Antony Warmbold and Gemma Price set a steady start in their 2003 World Rally Championship bid. With their sights set on completing the daunting first day of this event, which saw the retirement of three of the top manufacturers entries, the duo finished a creditable 15th overall.

Leg Two: Starting first on the road was both exciting and nerve-wracking for the young German, particularly when followed by the experienced Panizzi. Chaos reigned for the remainder of the day - the first stage cancelled due to spectators meant drivers went straight to SS10 and traffic problems limiting the number of cars able to get to the remaining two stages. The retirement of Panizzi due to ill health took some of the pressure off Warmbold, and he continued on to post steady times for the two remaining stages, finishing the day at 11th overall.

Leg Three: A wise choice of Michelin rubber saw Warmbold hold steady on the days' opening stages, and this consistency paid off in the afternoon with the pair completing the rally at 11th overall. "We are extremely happy with our performance this weekend. Our aim was to finish the rally and both Gemma and I are very pleased to have achieved that. We have had a trouble free rally and the car has performed exceptionally well - which is a credit to my whole team. We are now concentrating on Sweden and will hold a short test next week as part of our preparations," Antony Warmbold said.

5 Euromotor
Driver: Philippe Roux (CH)
Co driver: Paul Corthay (CH)
Vehicle: P10 FFC (Ford Focus WRC01)

Leg One: A pre-start problem with the ECU unit saw the Euromotor prepared Ford Focus WRC01 complete the first two stages of the day running on road specification. Despite this, Roux managed to complete both in reasonable time and continued into the first service where engineers uploaded a new ECU programme. The Swiss team had a relatively trouble free remainder of the day finishing in 22nd place overall.

Leg Two: Delighted with the performance and set up of his Ford Focus, Roux, a former Olympic skier, maintained a steady pace during the day, despite the first stage cancellation and the afternoon's traffic chaos, caused by a public accident on the official rally route. Consistency paid off with the Swiss' duo climbing further up the field, completing the day in 17th place overall.

Leg Three: Roux and Corthay, determined to complete this gruelling event, which saw many top manufacturer retirements, started the day off as they meant to finish. Careful choice of Pirelli tyres assisted with the duo completing all four of the days stages cleanly, completing the event in 16th place overall. "I have had a brilliant weekend and we have been very happy with the car throughout. We approached the rally thoughtfully and we were well prepared - we are delighted to have crossed the finish line after what has certainly been an eventful Rallye Monte Carlo," Philippe Roux said.

Swedish Rally - 7-9 February
Six privately entered Ford Focus WRC will compete in the next round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Sweden in two weeks time, including Janne Tuohino who convincingly won the Arctic Rally this weekend and Jari Viita who finished fourth in the Rovaniemi based event. Other Focus entries for Sweden are Antony Warmbold, John Papadimitriou, Andreas Eriksson and Tomasz Kuchar.

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Series WRC
Drivers Gemma Price , Antony Warmbold , Philippe Roux , Andreas Eriksson
Teams M-Sport