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Despite the controversy that has surrounded Ford driver Michael Guest since the Rally of South Australia, the blue oval have confirmed that the Newcastle driver will be a definite starter in next month’s Rally of Melbourne. Guest had his driver’s licence suspened for three months following a speeding infringement, which then saw the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport controversially change the rules, allowing drivers’ without a civil driving licence to drive on closed special stages.

It was a decision that enraged the rallying community and has seen many call for the immediate reversing of the decision, but the governing body have yet to make comment.

“Ford wanted Michael (Guest) to drive, and we worked with CAMS to clarify the rules,” Ford media manager, Ben Beazley, told RallySport Magazine today.

Beazley said that although it was not the ideal situation, Guest would drive the Pirtek-backed Ford Focus in the final round of the championship, before the team knuckle down into planning their 2007 Australian Rally Championship program.

We’ll have more news on Ford’s program, both current and future, tomorrow on www.rallysportmag.com.au

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