Monday 15 July 2013

Rally - Tunnocks at Goodwood

Robert Barrable and Stuart Loudon debuted the new Tunnocks liveried Ford Fiesta R5 at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

One of the first R5’s to be released by M-Sport it will be maintained and run on events by Carlisle-based CA1 Sport. Next outing is a test session in Estonia ahead of Rally Finland (1-3 August) following on from the team’s second WRC outing of the season, where they finished 2nd in WRC-2 on Rally Portugal, driving the Tunnock’s sponsored Fiesta S2000.

Commenting on the weekend, Robert said: “Goodwood has been the perfect event to debut our new car and preview the Tunnock’s World Rally Team ahead of our official team launch in Scotland next week. The Goodwood Rally Stage is great. It’s not massively fast, plus it’s quite narrow with no room for error, but we’ve done enough miles at Goodwood to settle into the car. The Fiesta R5 is very comfortable to drive; it suits my driving style and it’s a car I think I will very quickly adapt well to. I’m certainly looking forward to the test in Estonia, on fast and flowing roads more akin to what we’ll find on Rally Finland. The R5 is totally different to drive than a Super 2000 – the chassis, engine and distribution of power are all very different. It really is lovely to drive.”

Stuart added: “The Fiesta R5 is a lot quieter inside than a Super 2000 and it doesn’t feel as dramatic – even though you’re actually going faster. It’s a fantastic car. The change of direction it has is awesome. It’s a lovely car to sit in and everything has been well designed, so you don’t have to stretch for anything and there is nothing in the cockpit that you don’t need. I wasn’t reading pace notes at Goodwood, so it was a rare opportunity for me to watch Robert at work inside the car.”

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