Ford news before Rally Deutschland
Rally Deutschland has huge significance for Ford. The company's European headquarters in Cologne is less than 200km from the Bostalsee service park and the route passes close to Ford's Saarlouis factory, the home of the Focus road car.
choices for Germany
BP-Ford will choose tyres from two different patterns. BFGoodrich's g-Force Profiler rubber is available in soft, medium and hard compounds for dry asphalt while the Profiler Humid pattern for wet roads is accessible in soft and medium compounds. If the rain is heavy, tyre engineers will carve additional cuts into the rubber of the Humid pattern.
The grooves can be either longitudinal to combat aquaplaning, or lateral for extra braking and traction.
Ford privateers in Germany
The Stobart-VK-M-Sport Ford Rally Team has entered 2004 Focus RS WRCs.
Britain's Matthew Wilson / Michael Orr and Finns Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila will drive. Privately-entered Focus RS cars will also be driven by Irish crew Gareth MacHale / Paul Nagle and Belgians Pieter Tsjoen / Eddy Chevaillier.
Barry Clark / Scott Martin will pilot a Fiesta ST in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship and it is also round four of the Fiesta SportingTrophy International.
Press release Ford World Rally Team