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Ford Strong in New Zealand - Web Exclusive

Manufacture places 3rd overall in FIA WRC Championship.

Ezekiel Wheeler
Jun 26, 2012
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Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson took their fourth podium of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship at Brother Rally New Zealand this past weekend.

While we in the U.S. are experiencing the start of summer New Zealand is in their winter. Tire selection was key as heavy rainstorms soaked every stage for the weekend. Ford Racing senior manager Gerard Quinn said: “On a weekend where tire choice was critical and the weather made for challenging driving, I’m satisfied to finish this rally and close the first half of the season with a podium.”

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Adding to Ford Racing’s exciting weekend was Ken Block. No it’s not Gymkhana 5 (although that is pretty exciting), it was his performance in Auckland; finishing 9th overall adding two more championship points for the team. “I’m stoked with how this rally went for us,” said Block. “The roads here in New Zealand are some of the best in the world. The camber in the corners is such a unique feature here, there’s truly nowhere else like it. I wish the rally wasn’t over actually, I could just keep driving these roads, they’re that much fun.” This pushes Ford Racing up to third overall in the FIA WRC Championship.

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Final positions
1. S Loeb/D Elena FRA Citroen DS3 4hr 04min 51.2sec
2. M Hirvonen/J Lehtinen FIN Citroen DS3 4hr 05min 20.8sec
3. P Solberg/C Patterson NOR Ford Fiesta RS 4hr 06min 27.6sec
4. E Novikov/D Giraudet RUS Ford Fiesta RS 4hr 07min 04.8sec
5. T Neuville/N Gilsoul BEL Citroen DS3 4hr 07min 33.6sec
6. D Sordo/C Del Barrio ESP Mini John Cooper 4hr 07min 54.3sec
7. J-M Latvala/M Anttila FIN Ford Fiesta RS 4hr 09min 44.1sec
8. A Araujo/M Ramalho PRT Mini John Cooper 4hr 14min 27.6sec
9. K Block/A Gelsomino USA Ford Fiesta RS 4hr 15min 21.5sec
10. M Stohl/I Minor AUT Ford Fiesta RS 4hr 16min 17.5sec

1. S Loeb 145pts
2. M Hirvonen 107pts
3. P Solberg 90pts
4. M Østberg 80pts
5. E Novikov 55pts
6. J-M Latvala 54pts

1. Citroen Total WRT 237pts
2. Ford WRT 144pts
3. M-Sport Ford WRT 103pts
4. Qatar WRT 47pts
5. Citroen Junior WRT 42pts
6. Adapta WRT 27pts

By Ezekiel Wheeler
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