BLACK GETS FORD FI­ESTA R5+

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Cal­lum Black will un­der­take select events in the BTRDA and Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship over the next two years af­ter taking de­liv­ery of a Ford Fi­esta R5.

Black, 24, who nar­rowly missed out on the Sil­ver Star ti­tle in the BTRDA last year, has been at­tempt­ing to put the funds to­gether to buy an R5 since the BRC chose to switch to the for­mula in late 2014.

The 2010 Bri­tish Rally Chal­lenge cham­pion is look­ing to com­pete on BTRDA events in the car – which is cur­rently in R5+ spec, be­fore up­grad­ing to M-sport’s new Evo pack­age. He’ll then look at at­tempt­ing BRC events.

“We’ve gone out on a limb and just thought we’d go for it,” ex­plained Black about switch­ing from his Citroen DS 3 R3T which he used to fin­ish sixth in the BRC in 2014.

“It’s the R5+ so for the BTRDA it’s got a bit more go about it. We’ve got the R5 kit too so we can change ev­ery­thing over so it’s not a big is­sue.”

Only ho­molo­gated R5 cars are al­lowed in the BRC 1 cat­e­gory for fron­trun­ning cars, and the R5+ with its big­ger re­stric­tor isn’t cur­rently al­lowed. How­ever, with the kit, the car can be re­turned back to stan­dard R5-spec and into el­i­gi­ble Brc-spec.

Black says the next year is about learn­ing the car. He re­cently drove Craig Breen’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land-win­ning Citroen DS 3 R5 at the Coven­try Motofest event, but has lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence in four-wheel-drive cars.

“We’ll do a few ral­lies this year, the Wood­pecker and the Track­rod, and a test or two. We’ll use these events to get up to speed and learn the cars. It’s go­ing to be awe­some hav­ing four-wheel drive be­ing twowheel drive my whole ral­ly­ing ca­reer. I’ve never com­peted in a four-wheel-drive car. I’ve only done odds and sods test­ing cars and stuff.”

Black will look to test the car at Wal­ters Arena in Au­gust be­fore the Wood­pecker.

Cal­lum’s fa­ther Steve is also aim­ing to com­pete in events in the car in 2017. Black has a long his­tory in ral­ly­ing, run­ning cars for the likes of Alis­ter Mcrae, Ta­pio Laukka­nen and Gwyn­daf Evans un­der the Steve Black Garages ban­ner.

Pho­tos: Writ­tle Pho­to­graphic, Rallysport Me­dia, Joseph John Gil­bert­son

Black (r) has a Fi­esta R5+

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