Grönholm turns up heat in icy Swedish Rally to win for Ford

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  • BP-Ford World Rally Team claimed victory and a double podium today on the Swedish Rally, second round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

  • Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen claimed their fifth Swedish Rally title in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car after winning 11 of the 20 ice and snow-covered speed tests. Team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen were third in another Focus RS.
  •  The result moves reigning world champions BP-Ford to within one point of the leaders in the manufacturers’ championship.  Grönholm lies second in the drivers’ series, with Hirvonen third.
  • Three Focus RS World Rally Cars finished in the top four as Henning Solberg claimed fourth for the Stobart VK M-Sport Ford team.