Cumiskey upgrades to Fiesta R5 for Irish Tarmac Championship
Irishman Brendan Cumiskey has said he looked at a number of options – including Skoda Motorsport’s Fabia R5 – before opting for M-sport’s Ford Fiesta R5 for this season’s Irish Tarmac Rally Championship.
Cumiskey, who finished third overall in last year’s Irish Tarmac standings driving a Subaru Impreza NR4, plans to test his new car ahead of the Galway International Rally, which gets underway on Friday evening.
The Dundalk-based driver originally planned to use last weekend’s Donegal Mini Stages as a shakedown for the two-day event only for
Cumiskey drove Gp N in ’15
Motorsport Ireland to rule that such machines were ineligible to take part.
“We bought the Subaru from JRM in 2014 with a three-year plan to win Class N4 in the championship, but then the rules changed to make R5 the top class in the series so we had to rethink our plans,” he said.
“I’ve sampled World Rally Cars before and they are fantastic to drive but to maintain them properly is expensive over the course of a championship. R5s are closer to the maintenance cost of an Impreza NR4.
“We looked at the Fabia R5 and also the Fiesta R5 and in the end the deal came down to the back-up service and support that was offered to us by M-sport.”
Cumiskey says the aim in Galway is to gradually improve his pace and finish in a pointsscoring spot: “We’ll test before Galway as it’s a tough rally to learn a new car on, but off course we want to do well.”