The Hampshire based EDSL Sport will field three M-Sport built Ford Fiesta R2T MK8 with 1.0 litres EcoBoost this weekend at the Cambrian Rally.
The cars, that are built with the latest R2 specification from M-Sport Poland will be running in the single-make Junior BRC Championship and one in the BTRDA, starting at Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally now on Saturday.
“With the shift into Ford Fiesta’s for this season it means we are in the best position yet with our cars and as well as running our hire and customer cars, we will be attending all rounds with a large parts truck and offering technical support where required. That applies to crews outside of the team too.” Alex Waterman, Team Principal, said.
The three drivers that will participate at the rally are the 2017 Irish Junior Rally champion Brian Brady, 2019 Cadet Cup champion Rupert Flynn and Elliot Payne, who will be entering in the BTRDA category.
“We are delighted to be returning to the British Championship this year and it’s great to have Brian [Brady] on board with us for the Cambrian Rally alongside Rupert, both of which will be driving the latest specification M-Sport Fiesta’s.” Waterman said.
“You only have to look at Brian’s results to see that he is a very capable driver on both gravel and asphalt”
“Of course, the Honda he has been driving is very different to the Fiesta he will be in this weekend, but it won’t take him too long to adjust. Getting used to the turbocharged one-litre will be the biggest challenge but I’m confident that he will be one to watch on the gravel, despite being his first time in the Welsh forests.”
EDSL Sport became the official re-seller of the cars in 2018, selling parts and accessories to customers as well as offering technical support. The team run and supported many Ford Fiesta cars in the Junior BRC last season, with names such as James Williams, Marty Gallagher and Jordan Hone to name a few.
“The Cambrian Rally should be interesting as it’s more of a sprint than any other in the championship”. Waterman added.
“We will be using all of our past experiences in the BRC and BTRDA to hopefully give our crews the best possible chance. It may be a short rally, but the stages are tricky and I think the battle for the top Junior spot will be a close run thing this season, I`m excited to see how our drivers will perform”.
The Junior BRC will be running with a new format in the 2020 season with single-make cars from M-Sport. The driver who gets crowned the champion at the end of the season will be funding a £60,000 prize for the next season in FIA Junior World Rally Championship.