Cumiskey up­grades to Fi­esta R5 for Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship

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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.”

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