A busy Hib­berd

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As well as rac­ing a Lo­tus 23B in the Madg­wick Cup, An­drew Hib­berd will race two more cars over the week­end for the race prepa­ra­tion busi­ness he runs with his fa­ther Mike. Hib­berd will be kept busy rac­ing the For­mula Ju­nior Lola Mk2 of Amer­i­can Nick Gre­wal and the LDS Grand Prix car of Alan Bail­lie.

Co-driver who joined Mat­twil­son on the test

Scot­tish co-driver Stu­art Loudon made his de­but with the M-sport World Rally Team at last week’s test in France.

How did you get this job?

“I’ve worked with M-sport on a few events be­fore and I’ve known Matthew for quite a while. When I co-drove for him on the Pirelli, he asked if I’d be in­ter­ested in do­ing some work with the new car. I didn’t need ask­ing twice.” “Ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal – the power was in­sane.”

Was it the power that took you by sur­prise?

“Yes, noth­ing pre­pares you for that. It was prob­a­bly more pro­nounced for me: I’ve come up two lev­els from an R5 car, miss­ing out the cur­rent WRC and straight to the 2017 car. The other thing that amazed me was the way the car han­dled the rough roads.”

How rough was it?

“It was shock­ing. I’d see noth­ing like it in Bri­tain. We did the recce in a Ford Ranger and the pair of us were be­ing shaken all over the place, but when we got into the rally car, ev­ery­thing was so smooth. The chas­sis and the sus­pen­sion are un­be­liev­able – the kind of pun­ish­ment they can take has to be seen to be be­lieved.”

How was it work­ing with M-sport­world Rally Team?

“The best. Like I said, I’ve done a bit be­fore, but still noth­ing pre­pares you for the level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism these guys work at. As ama­teurs and semi-pros, you think you’ve got it kind of sussed, then you come here and work with this team and re­alise a fac­tory team is on an­other planet.” “It is. With me in the Ford Fi­esta, Seb [Mar­shall] in the Hyundai pro­gramme and Scott [Martin] and Paul [Na­gle] in the Citroen, co-driv­ers from the home na­tions cer­tainly must be do­ing some­thing right!”

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