FI­ESTA ONE-MAKE TO IR­ISH TAR­MAC

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M-sport has launched a sin­gle­make cham­pi­onship for its new Ford Fi­esta R2 Na­tional in the Ir­ish Tar­mac Rally Cham­pi­onship next year.

The R2 Na­tional is a cheaper ver­sion of its R2T, with a dif­fer­ent ECU and more cost ef­fec­tive parts.

The series will take in six rounds, with four best scores count­ing. A con­trol tyre has been con­firmed, but M-sport and the series will an­nounce the tyre sup­plier and a prize struc­ture in due course.

The sin­gle-make series cou­ples with two other prizes of­fered by M-sport in the ITRC. If a Ford wins the over­all ITRC, the crew re­ceive a works-backed en­try into a round of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship. The other prize on of­fer is a test in an R5 car, of­fered to the win­ner of the ITRC ju­nior cat­e­gory.

“There’s no doubt the Tar­mac cham­pi­onship has a good re­la­tion­ship with M-sport and Mal­colm,” said David Gray of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship. “There’s not any­body else of­fer­ing us this sort of prize.”

One of the stick­ing points of the na­tional-spec cars like the Fi­esta and the Opel Adam Cup is that they can’t en­ter in­ter­na­tional events and cer­tain cham­pi­onships be­cause they aren’t ho­molo­gated. M-sport’s An­drew Wheat­ley con­firmed to MN that this wasn’t the case.

“The car can be ho­molo­gated with the na­tion­al­spec pro­vid­ing it has the bag tank,” he said. “So the idea is that the kit we are ad­ver­tis­ing can run in R2 classes.”

CAR

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New R2 Na­tional gets ITRC series

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