Uni team does M-sport deal for one-car Fi­esta R2 Na­tional team

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

With the sup­port of M-sport, Harper Adams Univer­sity will run a car in the Ju­nior British Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2017.

The team will run a Fi­esta R2 Na­tional car. Au­to­mo­tive En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent James Mcdiarmid, 21, will drive the car hav­ing driven on sin­gle venue events and fin­ished the Mull Rally in four con­sec­u­tive years as a co-driver. Max Haines-mes­sen­ger, also 21, will co-drive. Both gained ex­pe­ri­ence ser­vic­ing for Au­totek and CA1 in the BRC last year.

M-sport client li­ai­son man­ager Rich Mil­lener said: “Those guys came to me two years ago and wanted to get into motorsport. Last year they came to us and told us about mak­ing their own rally car, which they built them­selves, and how they had got the spon­sors.

“They pre­sented to Mal­colm and he said ‘you don’t see that en­thu­si­asm and drive to do stuff any­more’, he was al­most cry­ing he was so im­pressed. Mal­colm agreed we’d pro­vide them with a kit and a car, they’d build it and pay to run it and we’ll take it back at the end of the year.”

Haines-mes­sen­ger added: “We are very thank­ful to the en­tire M-sport team. The sup­port, time and trust that they have in­vested in us has been in­valu­able. Thanks to their gen­eros­ity, we have spent the past year de­vel­op­ing a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence that will see us face this new chal­lenge head on.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey Pho­tog­ra­phy

Harper Adams and M-sport sin­gle make se­ries will use new R2 Na­tional The HA team was an­nounced at Au­tosport

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