Martin: Wins but no title in 2003

Ford team leader Markko Martin is aiming for wins this season, although he reckons a full championship challenge will have to wait until 2004

Martin: Wins but no title in 2003

Speaking at the AUTOSPORT international show today (Thursday), the Estonian revealed he has high hopes for Ford's new Focus WRC which will make its debut on the third round of the season, and that he expects to be able to challenge for wins at every event.

"Last year was our first full season and although we were just getting experience we managed to do quite well," said Martin. "I hope we can raise our game even more this year, and that by 2004 we can challenge for the championship.

"We can't really expect to win the manufacturers championship, because our team is still very young and isn't strong enough at the moment. But it's strong enough to challenge for rally wins. I'm pretty confident the new car is going to be a lot quicker. I think we have a chance to fight for victory on every rally, particularly with the new car."

Martin's co-driver Michael Park also played down the extra pressure that will be on the duo as Ford's team leaders.

"The team and the entire management structure of Ford have said that they're not putting any more pressure on us," said Park, "but I know what we're expecting of ourselves, and we're expecting good things."

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