JAM-SPORT FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP
Ford Racing UK’s Ford Fiesta Championship was again one of the success stories of the 2013 race season with a full grid of cars at each of the 8 event 16 race programme and over 59 drivers scoring points. Indeed, at the last Brands Hatch round, the closing event of the 2013 season, a record 32 Class C cars occupied one full grid alone. The grid average rose over the 2012 figure to 2013 by some 38%. Ford Racing UK will enter the 25th year of owning and running both race and rally Championships.
The Championship incorporates four models of Fiesta, two formerly seen in manufacturer championships:
The Class A Fiesta Si is an 1800cc front running car producing 130bhp and is probably one of the most consistent Ford racing cars to have been seen on the track.
Not to be outdone, the Class B Fiesta Zetec 1400cc arguably boasts one of the best-engineered cars for corner taking and dazzles higher opposition. This 90 bhp car continues to gather popularity and always guarantees exciting race action.
Class C features the Ford Fiesta ST, which had an increasingly significant presence on the track in 2013 with 42 drivers competing within the class. The ST has generated further interest in the Fiesta Championship and will help to reinforce the magic that is Fiesta Racing.
Class D will be for the new and current Ford Fiesta Zetec S, which has a 1600 120 bhp engine. Being a lighter car than the ST, it will be interesting to compare performance in the early races. For 2014, interest has surged and we expect a near dozen Zetec S race cars to come out during the season.
One of the reasons why the championship is so popular is that it offers very good value for money. This is partly due to the cost effective nature of the Championship. Strictly enforced regulations that prohibit performance modifications also help to keep costs down.
For the 2014 season, the championship is sponsored by Jam-Sport and the format will follow the previous seasons so that all meetings are double header weekends providing 16 races. Most meetings will include a Saturday morning free practice and then afternoon qualifying. Sunday will feature two races, which are to be filmed by AJK-TV for broadcast on MotorsTV. The entries will be split to double up on both the Saturday and Sunday formats, with the classes being split for A & B & D racing together and C running alone.
One of the added attractions is the fact that the front wheel drive Fiestas race on super grip Dunlop slicks thus providing an ideal stepping stone for potential BTCC drivers. There has never been a better time to start racing in the Ford Fiesta Championship.
Additional support for the Fiesta Championship comes from Dunlop Motorsport, Dannoff Vodka, Cartek and Ford Racing UK. Mountune Engineering provide support for the Ford Fiesta Zetec S (current) Class D cars.
Race day action is administered on behalf of Ford Racing UK by the British Racing & Sports Car Club.
Photos courtesy of Ford Racing UK, John Cooper & www.dennisgoodwinphotography.com