HIS­TORIC

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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.

His­toric essentials

For pre-1995 ral­ly­cross cars. En­tries will range from Clas­sic Mi­nis to Peu­geot 205s and Sierra Cos­worths.

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