Davies steps up to a Fi­esta R5 for 2016 BRC sea­son

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Welsh­man To­mas Davies has be­come the lat­est driver to com­mit to the 2016 Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Davies – a reg­u­lar in the Bri­tish His­toric Cham­pi­onship at the wheel of a Pin­topow­ered Ford Es­cort – has bought a new Ford Fi­esta R5 from M-sport. It will be pre­pared and run on events by Dy­lan Davies Ral­ly­ing.

Davies got his first taste of the car dur­ing a rain-hit test at Sweet Lamb over the week­end prior to mak­ing his de­but aboard it on next month’s Gal­way In­ter­na­tional rally.

“Con­di­tions were very bad,” he told MN. “De­spite this, the car gave me a lot of con­fi­dence – I felt that I knew what it was al­ways go­ing to do. The brak­ing and the trac­tion were both very im­pres­sive, but it will take time to adapt to all-wheel drive.”

On his plans for 2016, the 31-year-old said: “I al­ways liked the idea of hav­ing a go in a mod­ern car and I felt with the cur­rent for­mat of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship it was as good a time as any. I want to do Gal­way, the Red Kite Stages a fort­night later, and then the Mid Wales Stages Rally if all goes well for us.”

Davies – who will be nav­i­gated once again by close friend Eurig Davies – added: “The idea at the mo­ment is to do the full Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship and also some of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship events.”

Davies has com­peted in an Es­cort

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