Wood­side fi­nally re­veals car plans as he steps into an R5 for BRC Mid Wales

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Robert Wood­side will make his R5 de­but in a Ford Fi­esta af­ter putting a late deal to­gether to en­ter the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Wood­side says he will tackle the first two rounds of the BRC with more pos­si­bly on the cards. He put in an en­try for Mid Wales be­fore the Fe­bru­ary 20 cut-off point, de­spite not hav­ing a deal com­plete.

The last-minute agree­ment was fi­nalised on Mon­day and has been made pos­si­ble with the sup­port of Karcher UK and its North­ern Ire­land main dealer, Craig­more On­line. Wood­side drove a Karcherbacked Porsche R-GT on last year’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that we’ve been able to carry our as­so­ci­a­tion with Karcher over from last year when we drove the Tuthill Porsche 911 R-GT,” said Wood­side.

“We have been work­ing on a deal be­hind the scenes since last year.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back to the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship; the last time I did a round was 2002. We’ve been tar­get­ing a come­back ever since it was an­nounced last year that the cham­pi­onship was re­turn­ing.

“It boasts proper Wrc-qual­ity stages and ral­lies that I com­peted on in my youth.”

The R5 Fi­esta will be pre­pared by Dom Buck­ley Mo­tor­sport, with Al­lan Har­ry­man on the notes.

Al­though Wood­side ad­mits there will be lit­tle time to tweak the Ford to his lik­ing, he doesn’t feel it will pose much of a prob­lem come the start of the gravel event.

“Dom Buck­ley has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence – he op­er­ates such a strong team,” he said. “Alas­tair Fisher’s third-place fin­ish on the Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Rally once again proved that Dom can put a com­pet­i­tive pack­age to­gether.”

’15 Wood­side ran a Porsche on the ERC Cir­cuit of Ire­land round in April

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