FORD RACING AND RALLYCAR ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL FIESTA SPORT TROPHY SCHEDULE
DEARBORN, Mich., December 17, 2010 - Ford Racing and RallyCar announced today that the inaugural Fiesta Sport Trophy championship for the United States will kick off June 3 at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in Wellsboro, PA, and be comprised of seven events over four weekends, culminating at the Lake Superior Rally on October 15.
The winner of the Fiesta Sport Trophy Championship will receive a ride in a Fiesta R2 at the 2011 Rally Great Britain.
Sanctioned by RallyCar, the Fiesta Sport Trophy championship will run as part of RallyCar's 2WD class at four events. Each day of competition will represent a round of the FST championship.
The schedule includes:
Rd1/ June 3 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Wellsboro, PA
Rd2/ June 4 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Wellsboro, PA
Rd 3/ July 15 New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME
Rd 4/ July 16 New England Forest Rally, Newry, ME
Rd 5/ Aug. 26 Ojibwe Forest Rally, Bemidji, MN
Rd 6/ Aug. 27 Ojibwe Forest Rally, Bemidji, MN
Rd 7/ Oct. 15 Lake Superior Performance Rally, Houghton, MI
"Ford Racing has always supported customers and enthusiasts who enjoy their Ford products in performance settings," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "Ford Racing's partnerships with Miller Motor Sports Park for the Mustang Driving Experience and recently with Team O'Neil Driving School for the Fiesta Rally Experience have been at the forefront of this effort. The Fiesta Sport Trophy championship is the next step in the process giving enthusiasts an opportunity to compete in their Fiesta."
"Ford Fiesta and the Fiesta Sport Trophy bring world class interest to RallyCar's two wheel drive competition," said J.B. Niday, Managing Director of RallyCar. "Ever since Fiesta was introduced there have been a number of teams and competitors which have expressed interest in both the Fiesta and now the Fiesta Sport Trophy championship. I believe this is only the beginning of a long relationship for RallyCar, Ford Racing, and the U.S. rally community."
Ford Racing Performance Group announced at earlier this year at SEMA that it was bringing the M Sport developed Fiesta R2 package stateside to let enthusiasts turn their five-door Fiesta into a Fiesta R2 that's ready to compete on the roads of RallyCar's Rally America National Championship.
The R2 package offers a series of performance upgrades including powertrain enhancements to the 1.6-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder engine to deliver 168 horsepower and 134 lb.-ft. of torque.
Other upgrades include:
* Five-speed Sadev sequential gearbox with flat shift gear cut
* Reiger adjustable dampers with Eibach springs
* Ventilated disc brakes with AP four-piston competition calipers
Team O'Neil Rally School in New Hampshire is official reseller for the Fiesta R2 rally. Team O'Neil also offers Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience, the only rally experience offered by a manufacturer in North America, and that provides aspiring rally drivers with the opportunity to learn how to drive on a rally course in a Fiesta.
"The R2 kit provides a fantastic performance and dynamic upgrade for the already strong and light Fiesta platform, transforming it into an instantly competitive and durable rally car," said Tim O'Neil, founder and president. "We're really excited to be able to offer this to North American rally drivers."
The Fiesta Sport Trophy championship will be supported by a contingency fund for competitors. Details are being finalized and will be announced in early 2011.