Yesterday's news that BMW had withdrawn its Mini division
from the World Rally Championship came as little surprise, lackluster as the program has been for the Anglo-Saxon automaker. Today's announcement, however, comes as a bigger shock to the international motorsport scene. After fifteen years in the WRC, Ford has announced that it, like BMW/Mini, is shuttering its rally program and withdrawing its factory support from the championship. The automaker cited financial constraints as the reason.