WEAVER TO STEP UP TO SUPERCAR CLASS

Bri­tish tour­ing car team boss to tackle Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross top flight

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Hal Ridge Pho­tos: Hal Ridge and Ed­die Walder

Power Maxed Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team owner Adam Weaver will con­test the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this sea­son in a Ford Fi­esta Supercar.

Weaver made se­lected ap­pear­ances in the sin­gle-make Swift Sport cat­e­gory last sea­son and has bought a Mk6 ver­sion of the Fi­esta from Pol­ish racer, Martin Wi­cik for the 2016 sea­son.

“I love ac­cel­er­a­tion and I just re­ally wanted to have a go in a Supercar,” said Weaver. “With Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross be­ing gen­er­ally sin­gle-day stuff, we ar­rive on a Satur­day night and race on a Sun­day. I would strug­gle to find the time if we had to ar­rive at the track on a Wed­nes­day night. Ral­ly­cross has a large au­di­ence and Supercar is ob­vi­ously the main event. I’m not ex­pect­ing to be any­thing spe­cial out of the blocks, but I want to have fun.”

Weaver plans to con­test a full cam­paign, but may miss the Bel­gian round of the se­ries in July. His own team will run the car.

“There are no clashes with any­thing else,” he added. “I may give the Bel­gian round a miss, as I cer­tainly won’t be chal­leng­ing for any cham­pi­onships. The guys are strip­ping and re­build­ing the car at the mo­ment, mak­ing it as good as we pos­si­bly can with­out build­ing it our­selves. The Fi­esta’s got 595bhp and 825Nm of torque, so it’s rea­son­ably pokey. It’s a rea­son­able spec with all the right bits.”

De­spite not con­sid­er­ing him­self as a ti­tle con­tender, Weaver says he won’t be fazed by rac­ing at the high­est level in Bri­tish ral­ly­cross.

“It’s a big step, but ul­ti­mately it’s still only got four wheels and the ped­als are the same,” he said.

Bakkerud is a WRX win­ner Weaver will re­turn for a ral­ly­cross chal­lenge Weaver has bought Fi­esta Weaver will make step up

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