Together with M-Sport, it was announced that organisers of the Clonakilty Blackpudding Irish Tarmac Rally Championship (ITRC) would next year launch a one-make series for the newly-released, regional specification Ford Fiesta R2.
M-Sport are now pleased to confirm that DMACK Tyres will provide the control tyre for the ITRC Fiesta Sport Trophy as well as offering a generous prize structure.
This prize structure has been developed to incorporate incentives on each round of the season which consists of six events – the four best scoring rounds counting towards each competitor’s championship points.
Continuing their support of young drivers, DMACK will offer three free tyres for the winner, two free tyres for second place and one free tyre for the third-placed competitor on each of the six rounds – subject to a minimum of five entries.
The overall prize will see the winner given a wild card entry to contest the FST Shootout at M-Sport’s Dovenby Hall base on the edge of the English Lake District National Park.
Prize winners from all regional series will be invited to M-Sport where they will be tested on their driving skills, media savvy and physical fitness before being interviewed by M-Sport management.
The Shootout winner will then be given an opportunity to drive a round of the FIA World Rally Championship with the international-specification Ford Fiesta R2 as part of the official M-Sport team.
The regional specification Fiesta will be on display at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC in January and M-Sport staff will be on hand to answer any questions.
Fiesta R2 conversion kits are available now from M-Sport’s base in Krakow, Poland and anybody interested in this vehicle should contact Krzysztof Zuchowicz by telephone on +48 125 686 2005 or by e-mail on email@example.com
Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport Managing Director, said:
“It is great to be back in the Irish Tarmac Championship and the Ford Fiesta R2 is the ideal way for drivers to find their level – pitching themselves head-to-head in equal cars which are quick and reliable without being difficult to build or maintain.
“Courtesy of DMACK Tyres, we now also have a fantastic prize structure in place. DMACK’s commitment to the project is great to see and, together, our two companies continue to support up-and-coming young drivers around the world.
“The top prize offers the overall winner a chance to compete for a Fiesta R2 drive on a round of the FIA World Rally Championship – competing alongside our world-class drivers at rallying’s highest level.”
Dick Cormack, DMACK Managing Director, said:
“It’s great to be able to continue our support of young drivers. Through the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, we have a history of supporting up-and-coming new talent and it’s fantastic to be able to expand that initiative into national series like the Irish Tarmac Championship.
“We have a new range of asphalt tyres launching in January which have been built in the UK and feature a number of significant performance improvements. Following Elfyn Evans’ victory at the Ulster Rally earlier this year, we’re confident that our tyres will be well suited to the Irish roads and look forward to seeing some exciting new talent come to the fore.”