Chile pulls out of 2016 Dakar Rally

Chile has pulled out of the 2016 Dakar Rally due to flash-flood damage in its northern, desert region but hopes to rejoin the event in 2017.

27-colour Landy built for UK knight

Land Rover worked with British designer Paul Smith to create a unique 4x4 - a one-off, 27-colour, Defender with luxury trim! GALLERY

Ford out of WRC in 2013

2012-10-16 07:35

JAN-MATTI LATVALER: Ford is taking his World Rally car from underneath him and pulling out of the championship for 2013.

BERLIN, Germany - Ford is to quit the World Rally championship at the end of the 2012 season.

Ford Europe's vice-president Roelant de Waard announced on Monday (Oct 15) on Ford's Facebook page: "It's better for the company and the Ford brand to pull out of the World championship."

STILL SUPPLIER

He added that the decision, based on economic reasons with Ford sales in Europe down 19%, had not been easy.

Ford will continue to supply the M-Sport organisation, its partner in the championship, with cars and engines.

Ford's Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala is third in the standings behind already-crowned champion Sebastien Loeb, who has announced his intention to compete in only a few rallies in 2013.

The British Mini brand has already announced its intention not to compete in 2013.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Monte Carlo WRC: Awesome on-board action

The Monte Carlo Rally, the first round of the 2015 WRC in January, is done and dusted. If you've missed the action, check out the awesome on-board footage from Robert Kubica's Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

DAKAR DIARY: PODIUM AT THE END
'Pure elation!' SA on Dakar '15 podium
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.