Quaife in­vests in Ford Fi­esta classes

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Trans­mis­sion man­u­fac­turer Quaife En­gi­neer­ing will pro­vide ev­ery driver com­mit­ted to the Ford Fi­esta and Fi­esta Ju­nior cham­pi­onships with a free dif­fer­en­tial as part of a new spon­sor­ship agree­ment.

The Sevenoaks-based firm has agreed to be­come ti­tle spon­sor of both Ford Rac­ing UK’S Fi­esta cham­pi­onship and the BRSCC Fi­esta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship for this year, and as part of that agree­ment will pro­vide a torque bi­as­ing dif­fer­en­tial free of charge to ev­ery driver signed up for the full se­ries.

The agree­ment cov­ers all mod­els el­i­gi­ble for both cham­pi­onships, in­clud­ing the ST, Si, Zetec and Zetec S mod­els. Each dif­fer­en­tial is worth over £600.

The dif­fer­en­tials will be is­sued to top team Daniels Mo­tor­sport, but any driv­ers un­able to fit the com­po­nent them­selves can take their gear­box di­rectly to Quaife to have it fit­ted free of charge.

Ex­act en­tries across both the se­nior and ju­nior Fi­esta se­ries is not yet known, but the scheme would have been worth over £22,000 based on last year’s num­bers.

Com­pany head Michael Quaife said: “At Quaife we’ve al­ways been all for begin­ners com­ing into mo­tor­sport and giv­ing a help­ing hand where we can, so this is a great chance to put some­thing back into the sport.

“One of the Fi­esta Ju­nior driv­ers [Ben Swift] ap­proached us at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional Show to see about spon­sor­ship, and it seemed like the per­fect chance to help the en­tire cham­pi­onship out as Quaife has a long his­tory with Ford as a man­u­fac­turer.

“The dif­fer­en­tials should de­crease lap times by up to twosec­onds on longer cir­cuits as driv­ers can get on the power sooner, and they will help re­li­a­bil­ity too as they re­duce stress on the gear­box and driv­e­line com­pared to stan­dard dif­fer­en­tials.”

Ford Rac­ing UK’S Kevin Shor­tis added: “It’s a great bonus for the cham­pi­onship and re­ally shows Quaife’s ded­i­ca­tion to na­tional mo­tor­sport.”

Pop­u­lar Fi­esta ST mod­els will ben­e­fit most from a new deal

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