M-SPORT TO LAUNCH SIN­GLE MAKE SE­RIES WITH FI­ESTA

Out­fit has de­vel­oped new low cost cup car for se­ries that could be part of BRC

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

M-sport has de­vel­oped a low-cost Ford Fi­esta cup car based on its Fi­esta R2T, and could run a one-make cham­pi­onship in the UK next year.

The se­ries is touted for the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship, which is al­ready plan­ning a new class for the cup cars, which are sim­i­lar to R2-spec but feature cheaper parts and a more strin­gent ECU that lim­its out­put.

M-sport client li­ai­son man­ager Rich Mil­lener has con­firmed the car ex­ists and that it could run in BRC next year.

“We are look­ing at it,” he said. “We’ve got a meet­ing with the BRC or­gan­is­ers to look at the op­tions; maybe we do some­thing fully in the BRC or with a mix­ture of some BRC and some other events to try and en­tice peo­ple in.

“The car is based on the R2T, but with some more stan­dard parts: less en­gine mod­i­fi­ca­tions, dif­fer­ent dampers, more stan­dard elec­tron­ics, but still with a se­quen­tial gear­box. The aim of this is to bring the cost of the car down to around £30,000 for a car built and ready to go. We’re look­ing to bring the cost down to around half that of a full R2 car. The idea is that the parts are there so driv­ers can start with the cheaper car and then build up to the full R2.”

Mil­lener wouldn’t con­firm whether DMACK was in­volved. The tyre firm was the con­trol tyre sup­plier for Ju­nior BRC this year, and of­fered a £60,000 sub­sidy to­wards the Drive DMACK Fi­esta Trophy in 2017 as a prize, which was won by Rob Dug­gan. MN un­der­stands that any de­ci­sion to re­new that deal be­tween the BRC and DMACK will wait un­til the end of Novem­ber, when the ten­der win­ner for the Ju­nior World Rally Cham­pi­onship is an­nounced.

DMACK is be­lieved to be in with a chance of se­cur­ing JWRC sta­tus for its DDFT cham­pi­onship.

Pop­u­lar­ity for the cup spec cars is ris­ing. Opel has a ver­sion of its Adam and the one-make Opel Adam Cup cham­pi­onship in Ger­many.

Mo­tor­sport News re­ported last month that Si­mon Mauger of the Vaux­hall Bri­tish Rally Team is at­tempt­ing to launch a sim­i­lar Vaux­hall Adam Cup in the BRC. As long as there is a class in place to ac­com­mo­date the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the cars, any prospec­tive cham­pi­onships can go ahead.

The BRC’S planned class has been la­belled the cadet class, and will al­low the non-ho­molo­gated cars like the new Fi­esta and the ex­ist­ing Adam Cup ma­chines to com­pete within the Ju­nior BRC di­vi­sion.

Driv­ers will be al­lowed to recce, with the aim of bridg­ing the gap be­tween the ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive BRC Ju­nior and na­tional cham­pi­onships like the BTRDA and Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Adam Cup is also planned New car is based on the Fi­esta R2T

Pho­tos: mck­lein-im­age­database, ADAC Mo­tor­sport, Kevin Glendin­ning

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