Macdon­ald gets unique Fi­esta R5 for SRC

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Reign­ing Snow­man winner Don­nie Macdon­ald will de­but a Ford Fi­esta R5 on this year’s event, the first car built in con­junc­tion with M-sport in right-hand-drive spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

The Aberdeen driver com­peted in a B13-spec Mit­subishi Lancer E9 last year, and will use that car again on the as­phalt rounds of the BRC. He’ll use the Fi­esta on the Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship events, two of which share with the BRC, the Bor­der Coun­ties and the RSAC Scot­tish Rally.

“That’s the plan as it stands, the Fi­esta can’t be used against the BRC 1 cars as it’s right-hand-drive, but it’s a proper R5,” ex­plained Macdon­ald. “It’s not like a proto car from abroad, Dom [Buck­ley] has con­verted it with the help of M-sport.

“I’ll be do­ing the Bor­ders [Bor­der Coun­ties] and the Scot­tish so I’ll be do­ing the two cham­pi­onships. I’ve done quite a lot of work to the Evo through last year. I plan to put it in Tar­ma­c­spec and leave it that way and do Ypres, Ire­land, the Manx etc. There’s prob­a­bly five good Tar­mac ral­lies to be had there.”

He fin­ished sec­ond in the BRC Na­tional cat­e­gory to Robert Blomberg, and will be able to score points in the cham­pi­onship in the Fi­esta or Lancer E9.

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