Twelve Of The Best For Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy

Twelve Of The Best For Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy

Twelve competitors from 11 countries will battle it out over the five-event Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy to win a prize drive in the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship.

After receiving 24 registrations from across the globe, the organiser's final selection is set to give the series a healthy mix of raw talent, close competition and a real world-wide feel.

The list sees drivers from across Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North America. The high caliber of talent is outlined with competitors like Yeray Lemes, Jose Suarez and Sander Parn, who finished second, third and fourth on last year's FIA Junior World Rally Championship. They are joined by French ace Quentin Gilbert, the UK's Tom Cave, who stunned with fastest WRC 2 times on Wales Rally GB, and Finn Max Vatanen son of the legendary 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen.

The oversubscribed contest has been pitched as a cost-effective entry level to world rallying and gives crews the opportunity to battle it out on both gravel and asphalt rounds using identical M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta R2s on DMACK tyres.

The winner will come away with a remarkable full seven-round WRC 2 campaign using's M-Sport popular Ford Fiesta R5 in the Drive DMACK World Rally Team.

The trophy will get underway with Rally Portugal on 4-6 April.

The confirmed drivers are:

NameAgeCountry
Nicolas Amiouni 24 Lebanon
Tom Cave 22 UK
Ghislain De Mevius 25 Belgium
Quentin Gilbert 24 France
Szymon Kornicki 31 Poland
Yeray Lemes 26 Canary Islands
Sander Parn 21 Estonia
Allan Popov 27 Russia
Nils Solans 21 Spain
Jose Suarez 23 Spain
Leo Urlrich 28 Canada
Max Vatanen 23 Finland

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: "The Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy is set to be an exciting series and the huge prize on offer is sure to bring some close competition over the season. The list of drivers we've got is impressive and shows the true global attraction that the initiative has had. It's encouraging that DMACK can help so many talented drivers get proper WRC experience."

Malcolm Wilson OBE, M-Sport managing director, said: "It is fantastic to see such a talented line-up for the first Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy and I am delighted that we can reveal the final 12. Of course it is a real shame that we cannot accommodate all 24 applicants. The level of interest was extremely high and far surpassed all of our expectations. That said, I am confident that we have devised the best possible championship and that a very exciting competition lays ahead."

Tom Cave said: "I am incredibly excited by the prospect of contesting the 2014 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. When it was announced, it was clear that this was the prime option for us this year. The series looks to be a superb concept - each rally runs over the full three days so we don't lose any of the experience that the final day offers."

Quentin Gilbert said: "We chose the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy as the cost is low and it means we can do a championship which has a very exciting prize. The mix of events is really good with fast gravel, rough gravel and asphalt rallies so it really is a good decision and one which I'm really looking forward to."

Max Vatanen said: "This is the best option for a young driver like me to get real WRC experience and progress my career. The competition will be intense but we will have the opportunity to impress people and aim for the fantastic prize drive. Comparing the cost to take part and the prize on offer it's definitely the best option."

10-02-2014

Twelve Of The Best For Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy
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