Bustard to Irish Tarmac and BRC in Fiesta R2T
M-sport’s highly acclaimed Fiesta R2T will make its debut on Irish soil in the hands of Adam Bustard.
The teenager from Castlederg in County Tyrone intends to use the ex-max Vatanen machine in this season’s MSA Northern Ireland and DMACK Junior British Rally championships with Aaron Johnston co-driving.
A deal to campaign the one-litre turbocharged car was finalised at last month’s Autosport International in Birmingham where Bustard met M-sport representatives Maciej Woda and Andrew Wheatley.
“I attended a test day with the car the day after Rally Spain,” said Bustard, who narrowly missed out on a factory drive with the Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team for the 2016 BRC.
“Just days before I went for the test with Vauxhall, M-sport offered me an extremely competitive deal. Then, following some talks at the Autosport show, we managed to agree on a package to compete in both competitions.”
Having tested the car using DMACK tyres, and tracked its progress on the world stages, the 2013 Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Ireland champion believes it can take him to wins and podium finishes.
“My expectations are high,” he said. “We can definitely fight at the front of the R2 field in the car.”