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Lee Hol­land Me­mo­rial Stages win­ner Alan Kirkaldy has bought a Ford Fi­esta R5, and hopes to make his de­but in the car on the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship’s Knock­hill Rally in De­cem­ber.

Kirkaldy has reg­u­larly com­peted in a Milling­ton-pow­ered Ford Es­cort Mk2, but won the Lee Hol­land – also a round of the MN se­ries – af­ter be­ing loaned an R5 car by Peter Smith.

“My dad was go­ing to buy a Fer­rari but he de­cided he’d never drive it and it would just sit in the garage,” said Kirkaldy. “We had a look for an R5 and got one, it’s Evo2, it’s chas­sis num­ber 100 which was on dis­play at the Au­tosport show. We saw it ad­ver­tised in Mi­lan. It was quite cheap but it needed a bit of tidy­ing up.”

Kirkaldy is in the process of de­cid­ing on events to com­pete in next year, but is hop­ing the Jim Clark Rally – which is wait­ing for a rule change on closed-road events from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment – will re­turn.

“I’m hop­ing the Jim Clark comes back be­cause, as much as I en­joy sin­gle-venues, I re­ally en­joy proper closed-road events,” he said. “When I did the Pok­er­stars [Isle of Man] last year it shows how much of a team ef­fort you need to win.

“I can’t com­mit to a cham­pi­onship due to work. I want to do Knock­hill to get back into it as it’s been a while since I’ve been in one of them [an R5]. Then we’ll de­cide about next year.”

En­tries are still open for the event. Although it was set to be a two-day rally, it has been re­duced to one to keep costs down for com­peti­tors.

Lee Hol­land Me­mo­rial Stages win on his R5 de­but – Kirkaldy

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