Mairs steps up to Fo­cus with ral­lyme

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David Mairs will de­fend his Class B Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, and wants over­all podi­ums in his new Ford Fo­cus.

Mairs re­turned to ral­ly­ing for the first time in over 40 years in 2016 in a Volk­swa­gen Polo, beat­ing Mazda MX-5 spe­cial­ist Paul Sheard to class hon­ours. Now Mairs will push on for a higher fin­ish in the cham­pi­onship.

“It’s 1600cc and still in Class B, but we’re talk­ing fi­bre­glass pan­els, short ra­tio gear­box, the lot,” said Mairs, who will once again be run by John Goff ’s ral­lyme or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“The Polo was pretty much in road-spec, com­ing out of chi­canes and hair­pins it was breath­less. The Fo­cus is ex­tremely quick, it han­dles re­ally well and it has full rac­ing brakes.

“We want to de­fend Class B but I want an over­all podium.”

Mairs won Class B in 2015/16

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