Bus­tard to Ir­ish Tar­mac and BRC in Fi­esta R2T

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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.”

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