Ford and Historic motorsport go hand-in-hand, so it was only fitting that I drive Mark Richardson’s newly built Ford Sierra Cosworth to get a taste of the new Historic category.
It is often suggested that Historic cars are not the easiest things to drive, and I’m not afraid to admit that I found Richardson’s Sierra a handful.
The 2.9-litre, 24-valve V6 engine sounded fantastic and it remained sounding fantastic each time I spun on Blyton’s hairpin, coming off the first loose section.
The engine revved up both freely and fast, and you find yourself regularly changing gear.
The brakes, as Richardson admitted, need a little fettling. My foot was almost touching the bulkhead at times with the middle pedal. Even after a couple of pumps I was still wondering if we were going to slow down enough for the next corner, but it did.
In seven or so laps, I spun on a few of those. Once sideways, especially on the loose, it was tricky to come back from having deviated from pointing straight ahead. I did start to get the hang of it and the car drifts well, even on the circuit’s Tarmac corners, but I was never sure when it might bite me next.
Currently producing in the region of 190bhp and 260lb/ft of torque with Mazda RX-8 running gear, Richardson is planning to swap the motor for a twin-turbo unit later in the year with over 500bhp. That sounds…interesting.
For pre-1995 rallycross cars. Entries will range from Classic Minis to Peugeot 205s and Sierra Cosworths.