Rally Car: Ford Focus WRC

Introduced in 1999, the Focus WRC showed glimpses of its full potential, but it was this year that the Blue Oval's latest Rally offering became a regular event winner

Rally Car: Ford Focus WRC

It was at the penultimate rally of this year in Australia that the Focus' of Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz finally dropped out of the hunt for this year's drivers' world championship and not before the pair had been carried to victory three times by the M-Sport built machines.

The Ford team finished just 15 points behind manufacturers' champions Peugeot, but the team would have taken the title had the Cumbria-based outfit not been thwarted by McRae's accidents in Corsica and in Wales last weekend.

M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson said as he was presented with the award by Ferrari team principal Jean Todt: "It's more rewarding doing my job especially when you have got the likes of Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz working with you."

"We have got the same two drivers next year, which is one of the strongest line-ups. And for sure the Ford Focus is going to be even stronger."

Ford has not won the award since 1993 with the Escort RS Cosworth. The Focus joins such exclusive machinery as the Subaru Impreza, the Lancia Delta HF Integrale and the Audi Quattro.

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