MN TI­TLE WIN­NERS TO IR­ISH ASPHALT

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In­au­gu­ral Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally cham­pi­ons James Sharrock and Stu­art Faulds are hop­ing their suc­cess will give them the ground­ing to take on the best Ford Es­cort Mk2 driv­ers in Ire­land.

Sharrock, a for­mer Cater­ham cir­cuit racer, fought off the front-wheel-drive Re­nault Clio of Steve Quigley/tom Hutch­ings and the Dar­rian of Ash­ley Field, the only car in the top three to win an event.

Now Sharrock will look to take a new car over the Ir­ish Sea for se­lect events, while a re­turn to the Mo­tor­sport News series is also likely.

“We’re build­ing an­other car at the minute as a Tar­mac car,” ex­plained Sharrock. “This one [the one used to lift the MN ti­tle] was orig­i­nally built for gravel. This year we were at a loose end so we thought we’d give this cham­pi­onship a whirl. We’ll do a cou­ple [next year] but we’re also look­ing to get over onto the roads in Ire­land to see how we get on. Those guys are quick, if you don’t put your­self against them you don’t re­ally know in a Es­cort Mk2 how quick you are.”

Field had been favourite to take the ti­tle af­ter a win at An­gle­sey with two rounds to go, but a bro­ken drive­shaft on the next round ef­fec­tively ruled him out of the run­ning.

Sharrock’s fourth-placed fin­ish last week­end was more than enough to se­cure him the crown.

“It’s been hard work to win the ti­tle! That last stage at Snet­ter­ton was all stress,” added Sharrock. “I’m pleased that the car held on. It’s been a crack­ing cham­pi­onship and it’s in­ter­est­ing to have such a va­ri­ety of cars on the podium.

“There’s no short­age of cars in the cham­pi­onship and I think that’s tes­ta­ment to Darren [Spann, cham­pi­onship co-or­di­na­tor] and his team, all the hard work they’ve put in. The vari­a­tion of cir­cuits has been ex­cel­lent too.”

Pho­tos: Kevin Money, Mark Writ­tle, FIA ERC, Flat Shift Me­dia

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