Wright hoping for 2016 title challenge with Fiesta R5 update
Former Billy Coleman Award winner Stephen Wright believes that he has the speed to challenge for a top-three finish on the Galway International Rally.
West Cork Rally podium finisher Wright is currently bolting the latest M-sport Evo engine updates to his Ford Fiesta R5 and is hoping to have it ready in time for Saturday’s New Year Stages Rally at Kirkistown, which he feels will serve as an ideal shakedown.
With a year of driving the R5 car under his belt, and improvements on the way, Wright is eager to get some points on the board early.
“I tested an upgraded car last month and it felt like a real step forward, so I hope that will be reflected in my stage times this season,” he said. “We’ll be aiming for a podium position in Galway – and at the moment I think it’s a realistic target.”
The Monaghan-based competitor has committed to the Irish Tarmac Championship, one he says has the “best events and best stages” anywhere in Europe. Giving priority to R5/S2000 cars has also helped, he said.
“Recent changes are definitely going to make for a fascinating season and hopefully lead to a healthy level of competitors across all the categories,” said Wright. “I’m probably an underdog for the title but it would be nice to spring a surprise.”