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it didn't get any better as the season progressed The 4wd transmission still gave trouble, often with an axle or a driveshaft letting go. All three team cars crashed in Portugal, yet Cunico was third place in Corsica. Ari vatanen managed seventh in the

1000 Lakes, while Delecour took fourth place in San Remo. Francois then improved, to third place, in Spain, notching up 15 fastest stage times. There wasn't even any luck on Ford's home ground, even with iconic new 'FMC' registration numbers.

in Group N, privately-entered Cosworth 4x4s won the category in Monte Carlo, San Remo, Spain icataiunya) and the rac. Robbie Head was at the wheel of the RAC-winning Group N car, where Louise Aitken-walker drove an ex-Boreham Group A car into 10th place to secure the Ladies' Award.

Almost everything changed for 1992. Mobil took over from Q8 as major sponsors, Autoglass was an enthusiastic secondary supporter, Michelin replaced Pirelli, while twice World Champion Miki Biasion replaced Alex Fiorio.

Sadly, Peter Ashcroft decided to retire, his health was no longer robust, and everyone was sorry to see him go. His successor was Colin Dobinson, who didn't have any motorsport experience, but was a long-time Ford sales, marketing and product planning expert with a ruthlessly logical mindset. "I had previously been involved with RS products and performance Fords, but never with motorsport. When my vice-president, Jack Brinkley,

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Colin McRae won the Cartel rally in February 1990 in this rwd Sapphire Cosworth It was the beginning of a very short motorsport career for this type of Sierra

Colin McRae won the Cartel rally in February 1990 in this rwd Sapphire Cosworth It was the beginning of a very short motorsport career for this type of Sierra calendar. 16in or 17in wheels, two different patterns, all manner of rim widths, and superb service from Michelin made This a formidable, and adaptable, platform. And if the Sierra could do this, what might the Escort RS Cosworth do in the years to come?

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