Ford pledges to go one better in 2001

Ford has vowed to beat world champions Marcus Gronholm and Peugeot next season after beating Subaru to the runner-up spot in this year's series

Ford pledges to go one better in 2001

Carlos Sainz's fourth place on Rally Great Britain was enough to keep Ford ahead of Subaru in the world championship for constructors, despite the fact Richard Burns won the event. The Spaniard's team-mate Colin McRae, meanwhile, looked well set to rob Burns of victory before he crashed out on Leg Two.

"After we lost any chance of taking the titles in Australia, it was important that we fought hard here to take second in the manufacturers' series," said Ford's rally team director Malcolm Wilson. "Both Carlos and Colin did just that."

Ford will now turn its attentions to next year's championship, which starts in Monte Carlo in January - testing for which begins this Tuesday.

"We have a good platform on which to build in 2001," added Wilson. "We are excited about some of the improvements to the Focus which are planned."

Ford's 2000 season was a vast improvement on last year, when the Focus suffer a series of engine problems.

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