Christie tar­gets ti­tle in 20-year-old Fi­esta

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Hot Rod star John Christie is aim­ing to qual­ify for next sea­son’s World Final us­ing a 20-year-old car that was pre­vi­ously cam­paigned by his fa­ther, Or­mond.

Or­mond Christie won the World Final in 1996 and 1997 driv­ing the Ford Fi­esta Mk3. The car was moth­balled nine years ago, but Christie Jr has re­vamped the ma­chine and has started cam­paign­ing it in the North­ern Ire­land points con­test.

He also won the one-off NHRPA show­down at Hed­nes­ford Hills 10 days ago, and he thinks that fur­ther work on the car will make it a con­tender for another world ti­tle, to fol­low on from the one that he won in 2013.

“I had sold my Vaux­hall Ti­gra and there was the Fi­esta sit­ting in the cor­ner of the work­shop,” said Christie. “It hadn’t been touched for years but I wanted to prove a point. The en­gine was looked at by tuner Trevor Hill, we put some Gaz shock ab­sorbers on it and away we went. Simon Smith from Au­tocross has been very help­ful, and we are go­ing to take the project for­ward.

“I will race at home, but I do want to come over for the main events. I would love to qual­ify for the World Final again, but it is very com­pet­i­tive.”

Christie said that the ba­sics of the car will re­main the same but he could look to up­grade the body­work in the fu­ture.

“There is a chance we could put some more mod­ern Fi­esta pan­els on it. We could put the same styling as the World Rally Car. That would make it stand out even more, but it is all down to money,” added Christie.

John Christie won at Hed­nes­ford Hills

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