Jamie An­der­son to step up to BRC in new Fi­esta R5

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Jamie An­der­son will com­pete a full Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship slate in a Ford Fi­esta R5.

An­der­son – who won the Wood­pecker Rally last year in a Mit­subishi Lancer E5 WRC – made the de­ci­sion to com­pete in the cham­pi­onship in De­cem­ber.

“We’ve been in talks since last year to get the car,” ex­plained An­der­son.

“We went to look at the car at the end of last month and it ar­rived last week.”

An­der­son is hop­ing to get the Evo upgrade on the car which pro­vides a power boost, but he’s keen that the upgrade doesn’t cur­tail his op­por­tu­nity to test the car be­fore Mid Wales on March 5/6.

“Now we have it, we want to do the upgrade,” ex­plained An­der­son. “But we also don’t want to be on the back foot for the start of the sea­son. We’re go­ing to try and sort out a test now be­fore the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.”

An­der­son pointed to the qual­ity of the cham­pi­onship and driv­ers en­tered for the main rea­sons he’s sign­ing up.

“There’s mas­sive hype for the BRC, we were wait­ing to get our bud­get to­gether and to see who was do­ing it and there’s some real qual­ity,” he said.

“It’s good Elfyn Evans is com­pet­ing as that pro­vides a boost for the cham­pi­onship and a bench­mark for com­peti­tors. I don’t think it will be fair if peo­ple judge driv­ers based on Elfyn’s pace as he’s had a lot of seat time at the high­est level, but he pro­vides a bench­mark. “The old car is up for sale but, thanks to Ice Drive Swe­den and some other spon­sors, we’ve got the new car. “I de­cided that it was right now or never for hav­ing a go at the BRC. “I’m 30 this year and I de­cided the time was right.”

An­der­son swaps WR Car for R5

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