To prepare for the Acropolis Rally
The Ford World Rally Team is in the middle of a four-day test in Greece to finalise car set-up and undertake further development on BFGoodrich's new tyre.
The team is using roads close to Livadia, with Mikko Hirvonen ending his two-day
session yesterday (Friday) and Marcus Grönholm driving on Saturday and Sunday.
Tyre choices for Greece
BP-Ford will use BFGoodrich's g-Force gravel tyres and the American company has a new tread pattern for this event designed specifically for hard surfaces and extreme conditions.
Teams are allowed to nominate two patterns. The standard gravel pattern is relatively compact to ensure a maximum amount of rubber is in contact with the ground for the best possible grip and traction. The grooves can be hand cut to open them if there is a lot of loose gravel on the road surface or if the tracks become muddy. This will be available in medium and hard compounds.
The new pattern, the g-Force gravel H2, is a hard compound tyre which is bigger than the traditional gravel option. It features new construction, pattern and rubber to produce a stronger tyre in all areas.
Ford privateers at the Acropolis Rally
The privately run Stobart-VK-M-Sport Ford Rally Team has entered two 2004-specification Focus RS WRCs. Britain's Matthew Wilson / Michael Orr and Finns Kosti Katajamaki / Timo Alanne will drive.
Press release Ford World Rally Team