Buri Makes Formula Ford History
Antti Buri became the inaugural EcoBoost champion in the British Formula Ford series with fifth place at Donington Park. Buri arrived needing only to take the chequered flag to be assured of the title. Rival Eric Lichtenstein did all he could to prolong the battle by snatching pole position, setting fastest lap and comfortably winning race one, the Argentine’s 11th triumph of the campaign. Buri took no risks and secured the laurels, delivering JTR its first Formula Ford championship crown. Having finished runner-up on Saturday, Jake Cook claimed the final victory of the season next day, after Lichtenstein and Jamun Racing team-mate Luke Williams collided whilst disputing the lead. Cook’s success secured the Briton second in the standings, ahead of Lichtenstein. Fluid Motorsport Van Diemen driver Matt Rao pipped Rendez-Vous Racing’s Fabian Welter to the Duratec class honours.
Ford Retains Global Rallycross Title
Ford successfully defended its Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) manufacturers’ crown as Tanner Foust triumphed in his Fiesta in round five at Las Vegas. Under the watchful eye of two-time world rally champion Marcus Grönholm, the American’s first victory of the season and third podium finish came after a dominant performance from qualifying all the way to the final. It earned the Rockstar Energy driver the Discount Tire America’s Tire Cup, awarded to the highest points-scorer from Texas, New Hampshire and Las Vegas. Foust extended his lead in the outright GRC standings over nearest challenger, team-mate Brian Deegan, who finished second. The GRC will return to ‘Sin City’ for the season finale on 30 October. A Ford Racing recap video from round five can be seen at: http://ow.ly/e8xj0
Cathcart Claims Maiden FST Victory
With the British Fiesta SportTrophy (FST) title having already gone to the absent Elfyn Evans/Phil Pugh, Cathcart claimed his maiden victory and the runner-up spot in the standings following a dramatic final stage in the Trackrod International Rally of Yorkshire. Cathcart established a commanding lead over 2011 FST International Shootout winner Røkland, which proved to be key when the Northern Irishman’s Ford Fiesta R2 developed engine issues almost within sight of the finish. Cathcart ceded two-thirds of his advantage to Røkland, but held on to prevail by just over 10 seconds. The Norwegian took his first podium of the year and with it the Castrol Hard Charger Award for the highest number of stage wins. Alex Parpottas/James Aldridge defeated rally-long rivals Gethin Jones/Kevin Devine for the final rostrum position. In the Fiesta SportChallenge (FSC), a third triumph of the year and a BRC Challenge podium was sufficient to secure Fiesta ST pairing Tony Simpson/Robin Hernaman the FSC crown.
Fiestas on The Pace
Murat Bostanci/Onur Vatansever finished first in class in a Ford Fiesta R2 in Rally Sliven in Bulgaria, round 11 of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Elsewhere, competing on home turf, Michal Solowow/Maciek Baran finished second in a Ford Fiesta RRC in Rally Poland, round 10 of the FIA European Rally Championship, despite losing time late on due to rear differential issues. Both competing in Fiesta R2s, Filip Nivette/Artur Natkaniec and Hubert Ptaszek/Kamil Kozdron finished first and third in class. Over in Spain, Surhayen Pernía/Juan Luis García finished first in class in a Ford Fiesta R2 in the Rallye Villa de Llanes.
Cole Dominates in Wales
Damian Cole / James Morgan defended their 2011 victory to prevail in the Patriot Stages Rally in Wales, the penultimate round of the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, behind the wheel of their Ford Focus WRC. Although Cole had already assured himself of the drivers’ title, the result enabled co-driver Morgan to clinch the co-drivers’ crown. Simon Mauger/Brian Cammack finished second on the event in a Ford Escort MkII.
Focus RS WRCs Win Again
Bernd Casier/Pieter Vyncke triumphed in the East Belgian Rally in Belgium in their Ford Focus RS WRC, with FIA WRC Academy regulars Pontus Tidemand/Stig Rune Skjaermoen claiming third in class in a Fiesta R2. It was a double Ford Focus RS WRC podium in Rally Ronde Terra Sarda in Italy, as Vittorio Musselli/Salvatore Musselli wound up second, just ahead of Maurizio Diomedi/Antonello Bosa in third.
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