Loenbro open to running Fiestas in ARX


Loenbro has been a co-owner of the team for the last two seasons - Credit: Larry Chen

Steve Arpin has revealed that Loenbro Motorsports is open to running its M-Sport Fiesta supercars for another entry, although both cars remain for sale.

The cars, two of six Fiesta supercars built by Cumbria-based M-Sport, were purchased ahead of the 2015 race season. The team campaigned them under the Chip Ganassi Racing banner for Brian Deegan, Jeff Ward, and Arpin for two seasons, before one car was run for the Canadian last year as he challenged for the Global Rallycross championship.

Since Loenbro’s tie-up with Hoonigan for the 2018 Americas Rallycross season – which brought with it the use of three Ford Focus RS RX supercars – the Fiestas are no longer needed by the North Carolina-based team, although Arpin insists both cars can still do a good job at the sharp end of the ARX-field.

“We’re definitely open to running them,” he said when asked by The Checkered Flag if there’s a possibility the cars could be rented out instead of sold. “We’re looking at the big picture of the sport – the cars are definitely for sale, they’re two perfectly capable race cars with a tonne of life left in them and they’re looking for a new home.”

While the cars are openly for sale, three-time GRC event winner Arpin is keen to see them remain in the US.

“Ultimately we really believe as a group over here in what the sport of rallycross’ future has over here with ARX and we’d love for them to stay over on this side and be part of the ARX series moving forward,” he said, “but at the same time if there’s someone with some interest in them, we’re definitely looking for a new home for those Fiestas.”

Brian Deegan won his last rallycross race in one of the Fiestas – Credit: Larry Chen/Red Bull Global Rallycross