Interest High As 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Launches

Interest High As 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Launches

• 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy launched and application process opened.
• Six round championship over five FIA World Rally Championship events.
• Continues to offer biggest prize in rallying – seven-round WRC 2 campaign.
• Vatanen Touch prize to attract more Rookies and privateers.

The Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy is gearing up to attract even more drivers in 2016 as the ultra-competitive series is set to enter its third season of FIA World Rally Championship action.

Registrations have opened for the Trophy, driven by tyre manufacturer DMACK and rally preparation experts M-Sport, which will once again see emerging drivers from around the world compete for the biggest prize in world rallying.

The popular six-round series will follow a similar format to 2015, retaining the successful double-round points scoring on the final rally in Spain, which saw four drivers heading to the event chasing the title last month.

The 1.0 turbo EcoBoost Ford Fiesta R2 cars will be prepared and run by M-Sport in Poland and equipped with the latest DMACK tyres – a package which proved both reliable and extremely competitive during the 2015 season.

Gravel rounds on Rally Portugal, Poland and Finland followed by asphalt in Germany and then a mixed-surface event in Spain will ensure the Trophy follows a well-proven and effective format. The best five scores from six rounds will count towards the title and points will also be awarded for stage victories on all events.

Priced at just £115,000, the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy remains extremely cost-effective and the most affordable way for aspiring drivers to showcase their talent on the world stage. As the Trophy is intended for career-minded and developing drivers, there is no age limit and organisers believe the format will be attractive to a large number of European and overseas crews, opening up access to the top level of the sport.

Drivers will fight for the huge main prize of a full seven-round season in WRC 2 in 2017 – the biggest package on offer in world rallying. In addition all Rookie competitors in the Trophy, and selected privateer drivers who compete on individual events alongside the main Trophy, will be eligible for the Vatanen Touch. A 50 per cent scholarship to the 2017 Trophy will be awarded to the winner at an end of season driver assessment.

Applications are now being accepted with a competitor information brochure available at www.drivedmack.com. While the initial selection of competitors will take place on 26 February 2016, applications will continue to be accepted until the closing date for entries on the first round.

Further details on all aspects of the Trophy and application forms are available from M-Sport’s Andrew Wheatley on awheatley@m-sport.co.uk.

Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport managing director, said: “This year’s Trophy was another huge success and the interest that we have received so far indicates that 2016 will be even better. The new evolution Ford Fiesta R2 has proved to be a fantastic platform for drivers to showcase their skills and I’m expecting even more new talent to come to the fore.”

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The format of the Trophy has proven both competitive and popular, and it remains the most affordable way to compete in the WRC. DMACK has always focused on stimulating cost-effective competition by providing an affordable range of performance motorsport tyres and this is just one strand of our strategy to become more involved with helping drivers step from national championships to the WRC.”

Dowload the 2016 Competitor information here: http://ow.ly/V61nj

 

26-11-2015

Interest High As 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Launches
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