Fast Ford - - Event Report -

Shaun’s no stranger to Fast Ford, hav­ing ap­peared in the mag a num­ber of times over the years. His most re­cent ap­pear­ance was in a Mk3 Fiesta; a real sleeper with stan­dard base-model looks but a well-built 2.0-litre Zetec Turbo un­der the bon­net. But then he had a fling with a cou­ple of French fan­cies mas­querad­ing as RS mod­els, be­fore fi­nally re­turn­ing to the Ford fold last year when he bought a proper Ral­lye Sport again, this Mk3 Fo­cus that used to be­long to fel­low club mem­ber John Evans.

“John had or­dered a Red Edi­tion model so was go­ing to trade this one back in,” re­calls Shaun, “which is when I said I’d buy it off him in­stead.” Hav­ing owned a Mk2 Fo­cus RS pre­vi­ously, Shaun is well placed to com­pare the mod­els. “The Mk3 is quicker than my Mk2 was in ev­ery way,” Shaun in­forms us, “peo­ple slate the Mk3… but only those that haven’t driven one!”

Any­one who’s seen Shaun in the mag be­fore will know that he’s a bit of a track afi­cionado; he even used his sleeper-spec Fiesta on track. So it’ll come as no sur­prise to learn what the fu­ture has in store for his lat­est RS. “Who knows, maybe I’ll take in on track,” he laughs, know­ing that he was booked in to spend all morn­ing do­ing char­ity hot laps at Cas­tle Combe the week­end af­ter.

We reckon that means we’ll see this RS start to sprout some more track-in­spired up­grades over the win­ter, ready for a full sea­son of reg­u­lar hard abuse in 2019. And that’s just how it should be.

QUICK SPEC 2016 Mk3 Fo­cus RS, 2.3-litre EcoBoost, moun­tune FPM375 up­grade, KW low­er­ing springs, 15mm spac­ers, Mill­tek ex­haust, satin black roof

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