Martini has renewed its global sponsorship of the Ford World Rally Team for the 2001 FIA World Rally Championship.

The new Ford Focus RS WRC will be heavily branded with the Martini logo, now in its third year of sponsorship.

Chris Searle, president of Martini Racing said: "Martini has a proud rally heritage which stretches back over 31 years in many forms of motorsport. It is a partnership that works superbly for both parties. And a global sponsorship programme such as this can only help to keep the brand front of mind amongst our consumers in the key European market where the brand is still growing dynamically."

The championship runs from January to November with 14 events around the world, the majority of which are in Europe and Scandinavia.