Fisher: more WRC driv­ers will switch to R5

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Alis­tair Fisher be­lieves the suc­cess of this year’s Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship will lead to World Rally Car driv­ers switch­ing to R5s to com­pete at the front of the cham­pi­onship in 2017.

Be­fore the start of the 2016 sea­son, or­gan­is­ers de­clared that R5 cars would fight at the front of the cham­pi­onship, with World Rally Cars only el­i­gi­ble to fight for event wins and a WRC Cup ti­tle, and not for the Tar­mac cham­pi­onship.

“I think we’ll get some of the guys who’ve had World Rally Cars in the past might start mak­ing the jump across,” said Fisher. “That will only in­crease the pop­u­lar­ity of the cham­pi­onship.”

In this year’s se­ries, four driv­ers went into the fi­nal stage with a chance of win­ning the ti­tle in Cork, which would have been five had Fisher not been cru­elly caught out by a slip­pery sec­tion as first car on the road ear­lier in the event.

The bat­tles have made the cham­pi­onship more en­ter­tain­ing to spec­ta­tors, ac­cord­ing to Fisher. “It’s been re­ally re­vi­talised this year and it’s had a re­ally good fol­low­ing,” he added. “The events have been well fol­lowed, too. Peo­ple have been keep­ing a good eye on it and I think the spec­ta­tors have en­joyed ev­ery­body’s driv­ing style and com­mit­ment in the R5 cars.”

Fisher won in ITRC in ’16

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