The Ford Fiesta R5, an example of which CBT-backed driver Mark Higgins drove to 10th place overall in the 2013 Wales Rally GB, is the latest rally weapon from Malcolm Wilson’s world famous M-Sport organisation.
Mark, a Cambridge Business Travel client of many years standing and a James Bond movie stunt driver when he is not competing all around the world, also claimed third in the WRC2 class on his return to the event after a four-year absence. The rally was not without problems but after the first three stages Mark and his co-driver Carl Williamson found themselves in a brilliant 12th overall. This success continued into the Friday stages south of Newtown and they jumped up to 10th overall overnight, a position they would hold to the finish despite technical problems on the Saturday which hampered their progress and allowed Jari Ketomaa to overtake them in their class position.
At the ceremonial finish in Llandudno, Mark was pleased win his result: “I could not have been here without my sponsors, so I want to say a massive thank you to them.”
Based on the new 1.6-litre EcoBoost-engined Ford Fiesta ST road car – Ford’s fastest-ever production Fiesta – the Fiesta R5 is homologated in the WRC2 class.
1.6 litre (98 cu in) 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo engine developed by M-Sport
Direct injection, FIA regulated 32mm restrictor
Life Racing engine control unit and power management systems
Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox mated to Sadev front and rear differential units
ATL 80-litre competition standard fuel tank, centrally mounted
Front and rear MacPherson struts with Reiger external reservoir dampers, three way adjustable
Front and rear anti roll-bar options
AP Racing forged four-piston front and rear calipers
Gravel 300x28mm ventilated discs / asphalt 355x32mm ventilated discs