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Rally Sweden 2006

Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen scored Ford's 50th world rally victory
Gronholm scores debut win for Ford in Monte Carlo
Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen claimed a masterful victory on their debut in the new Ford Focus RS World Rally Car on the Rallye Monte Carlo today
Acropolis Rally of Greece
Gardemeister finishes second for BP-Ford in Greece
Double points finish brings Turkish delight for BP-Ford
BP-Ford World Rally Team claimed a double points haul as three Focus RS World Rally Cars finished in the top nine on the Rally of Turkey
Rally Cyprus
Ford celebrates landmark record on Cyprus Rally

:: JWRC
Fiesta Junior World Rally Car...

Ford's Fiesta JWRC - Rally Acropolis
Ford TeamRS' new Fiesta Junior World Rally Car made an encouraging start to its competition debut on this weekend's Acropolis Rally in Greece.
Ford's Fiesta JWRC - Rally of Turkey
Ford Fiesta Junior World Rally Car driver Jari-Matti Latvala was encouraged by the improvements to the car on its second outing in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship in Turkey
Ford Fiesta JWRC to M-Sport
M-Sport takes over the Fiesta JWRC programme from FordTeamRs
Debut to new-look Ford Fiesta
Evans gives international debut to new-look Ford Fiesta

Acropolis Rally of Greece
 Gardemeister finishes second for BP-Ford in Greece

BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Toni Gardemeister and Jakke Honkanen matched their career-best result by finishing second on the Acropolis Rally of Greece today in a Focus RS World Rally Car. The Finns equalled their runner-up position on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally and climbed to third in the FIA World Rally Championship as the series reached its midpoint. They are one of only two pairings to have scored points on all eight rounds to date.Fellow countrymen Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen finished fifth in a privately-entered Focus RS. They held off another Finn, Harri Rovanper, by powering their car to fastest time on both the final two speed tests.

The mountain roads of central Greece were generally regarded as being smoother then ever, although there were still several rough and rocky sections for which this rally is so renown. Temperatures hovered just below 35C, ensuring a tough test of stamina for the drivers and demanding strong reliability from engines, transmission and suspension. Drivers tackled 19 special stages covering 349.57km. All but the spectacular opening test in Athens' Olympic Stadium, which attracted 65,000 fans, were on gravel.Today's final leg comprised just four stages and 98.79km. Having edged ahead of Carlos Sainz in a titanic battle yesterday, Gardemeister was intent on cementing second place this morning. His Castrol-branded Focus RS was quickest through the opening test and second fastest on the next to widen his overnight 7.7sec advantage over the Spaniard to 25.6sec. Sainz was unwilling to risk third by fighting any longer and Gardemeister was able to ease his pace in the final two stages.

"It was definitely maximum attack early this morning," said 30-year-old Gardemeister. "I had an excellent tyre choice and the car was perfect. I tried to drive in the clean line on the road and eased off a little when I saw Carlos' split times were slower than mine. The second loop was difficult. We tracked Carlos' split times and slowed a little. But it's harder to drive slower because I lose my rhythm when I drop my speed.

"We've had no big problems and the whole weekend has gone well. We've pushed hard from the very first kilometre. It's hard to fight against someone as experienced as Carlos but we did it. The Focus has worked well, Michelin's tyres have been excellent and now we have to try to turn second place into a win in the second half of the season," he added.

Hirvonen and Lehtinen, who took full advantage of better road conditions to lead the rally on the opening morning, came out on top of a huge battle with Rovanper. The margin between the two drivers fluctuated greatly yesterday but Hirvonen started today with a 26.9sec advantage. Rovanper narrowed the gap to 2.3sec on the first two tests but a blistering pace on the final two stages allowed Hirvonen to stretch the advantage to 31.2sec. He set three fastest times in total."It was really slippery in the first stage and so dusty that in places I couldn't see where I was going," said Hirvonen. "I think I took the wrong tyres, they were too hard. I expected Harri to be faster than me on the opening stage because he has driven it before and I haven't. He was quick and I admit I was a bit worried going into the final two stages. As a privateer we have to work hard, but we've had a lot of help from M-Sport and Michelin for which I'm grateful. It has finally gone as it should. We had a few problems but we overcame them and this is a fantastic result."

BP-Ford team-mates Roman Kresta and Jan Mo�n, restarted today under the SupeRally regulations after retiring their Focus RS on each of the first two legs. They completed the first two stages but Mo�n felt unwell and the Czech duo withdrew.

BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson was delighted with Gardemeister's podium. "He was under pressure to score a good result and he's delivered," he said. "Sebastien Loeb made history here and so this feels as good as a win for our team. Toni maintained a podium position virtually all weekend. It's taken him a while this season to fully understand the Focus but this rally has always been a good one for the car and so it proved again. Mikko was superb. Driving a 2003-specification car he set three fastest stage times and that proves the car is still super-competitive."
 
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