16 Jun 08
With its 1-2 result in Turkey, Ford notched up a record-breaking 100th consecutive points finish in the FIA World Rally Championship with the Focus RS World Rally Car.
Ford is the first manufacturer since the launch of the championship in 1973 to reach a century of successive scores.
The scoring run began on the 2002 Rallye Monte Carlo when Carlos Sainz finished third and Colin McRae claimed fourth. Since then eleven drivers have enabled Ford to finish in the points on every subsequent round of the series.
Fittingly, Mikko Hirvonen is the manufacturers’ most prolific scorer, with a total of 43 points finishes; Marcus Gronholm is in second place with 29, while Markko Martin is third on 28.
Ford has won 27 and gained 85 podium places during the 100 rallies.
Ford of Europe motorsport director Mark Deans said: "The consistency required in achieving this record is remarkable given that the WRC is the toughest competition in motorsport for production-based cars. It has demanded an outstanding blend of speed, strength and reliability from the Focus RS World Rally Car as well as some sterling performances from the drivers behind the wheel.
“It's also a tribute to Malcolm Wilson and his team at M-Sport that has prepared and run the Focus RS WRC for all 100 rallies. I look forward to starting the second century in Finland in August," added Deans.