MSA British Rallycross front runner James Grint will contest the remainder of the 2017 season in a brand-new Mitsubishi Mirage Supercar.
The car, which will make its first appearance in the championship at Lydden Hill on April 17 has been built by Swedish-based Mpart AB and will be ran in the UK for Grint by experienced rally outfit Spencer Sport.
Grint is no stranger to the Supercar class after competing for Albatec Racing in a Peugeot 208 in recent seasons both in the UK and in Europe and is excited by the new project. He said: “I’m really excited to be part of this new project with Spencer Sport. The car looks amazing and I’m confident it will have the performance to match. It’s been a long winter break, so I’m really looking forward to driving the Mitsubishi and getting that Supercar adrenaline rush again!”
The team running Grint in the championship in 2017, Spencer Sport, have previous experience of the Mitsubishi Mirage in rallying form as the team ran the R5 variant of the car in multiple events last season as well as running Tom Cave in the British Rally Championship driving a Ford Fiesta R5 in a full season campaign in 2016.
Team Manager Charlie Jukes therefore believes that now is the time to join the Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship and admitted: “With rallycross becoming ever-more popular with drivers, teams and spectators, we feel that now is the right time to get involved with the sport. We already work closely with Mpart on the rally programme, so when James (Grint) approached us about rallycross, all of the pieces fell into place to allow this new project to move forward.”
The second round of the 2017 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship will take place at Lydden Hill on April 17.