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Old 5 Nov 2018, 17:18 (Ref:3861160)   #1
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British Rallycross Championship 2019

2019 calendar now online:

Round 1 - 24/03/19 - Silverstone

Round 2 - 2/04/19 - Lydden (Easter Monday)

Round 3 - 22/06/19 - Pembrey

Round 4 - 23/06/19 - Pembrey

Round 5 - 26/08/19 - Lydden (August BH Monday)

Round 6 - 08/09/19 - Croft

Round 7 - 22/09/19 - Pembrey

Round 8 - 27/10/19 - Croft

Bit more blurb here:

https://www.rallycrossbrx.com/news/e...lmb6xfn_3N22j8
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 17:20 (Ref:3873644)   #2
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Article in Motorsport News saying that RX Lites will be eligible for use in the Supercar class in 2019:

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Old 2 Jan 2019, 19:08 (Ref:3873681)   #3
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Years ago they where eligible for Supermodified as RWD ...
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 20:57 (Ref:3873703)   #4
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Why?
Is it to support the superclass or to start a fledgling series on its own?
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Old 2 Jan 2019, 21:50 (Ref:3873714)   #5
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As the article says I can't see it attracting a flood of entries, but at least the option is there.

Silverstone is surely the most likely British round to attract RX2 drivers.
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I guess it's not much different to the old 'spaceframe supercar' class - Terry Briggs had his Clio but I think that was the only one that competed.
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Old 10 Jan 2019, 17:37 (Ref:3875310)   #7
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Wouldn't it make more sense for them to offer a subclass for production 4wd (conforming to same regs as the BTRDA class)? That would give people more opportunities to race, build up numbers and help align the two series.

The MSA series seems dead on its feet at the moment - I was once a regular but haven't been to a meeting for years.
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Old 23 Jan 2019, 10:10 (Ref:3877876)   #8
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Roger Thomas has purchased one of the M-Sport built Fiestas (from Bryan Herta Autosport) for use in the British Championship.

Probably my favourite modern supercar, assuming it will be running a Pipo engine that is surely going to be a very competitive car.
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Old 23 Jan 2019, 15:16 (Ref:3877952)   #9
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Interesting - I'm looking forward to seeing how that car goes compared with the other Fiestas. What was the appeal of importing that from the states rather than buying one of the European based Fiestas?
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Interesting - I'm looking forward to seeing how that car goes compared with the other Fiestas. What was the appeal of importing that from the states rather than buying one of the European based Fiestas?
An M-Sport Fiesta is probably as close as you can get to a manufacture car. Even if there are other options, I would personally go for an M-Sport Fiesta over a car from MJP, STARD, OMSE or other regulars.

The only M-Sport built Fiesta in Europe I believe is in the hands of Set Promotion/GRX and Nitiss won the ERX with it.

When I saw Block with it (the GRX Fiesta by the way) in Norway in 2014, you could literally feel the ground vibrating when he accelerated out of the last corner. That car was really something else compared to the rest back then.
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Old 23 Jan 2019, 16:05 (Ref:3877967)   #11
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Interesting - I'm looking forward to seeing how that car goes compared with the other Fiestas. What was the appeal of importing that from the states rather than buying one of the European based Fiestas?
I would say the M-Sport Fiesta was easily the best of the Fords available at the time. OMSE, MJP and STARD may have closed the gap now but, if I had the cash*, that's where I'd go!

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When I saw Block with it (the GRX Fiesta by the way) in Norway in 2014, you could literally feel the ground vibrating when he accelerated out of the last corner. That car was really something else compared to the rest back then.
I believe the car Block used in Europe in 2014 wasn't his GRX Fiesta (the RX43), it was a second M-Sport car. That Fiesta was subsequently used by Niclas Gronholm and is the car that Nitiss won the Euro title with last year.

My experience as a spectator (Loheac 2014) was the same as yours though: the car sounded absolutely savage on the overrun. I hope the Thomas car sounds like that!
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I would say the M-Sport Fiesta was easily the best of the Fords available at the time. OMSE, MJP and STARD may have closed the gap now but, if I had the cash*, that's where I'd go!

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I believe the car Block used in Europe in 2014 wasn't his GRX Fiesta (the RX43), it was a second M-Sport car. That Fiesta was subsequently used by Niclas Gronholm and is the car that Nitiss won the Euro title with last year.

My experience as a spectator (Loheac 2014) was the same as yours though: the car sounded absolutely savage on the overrun. I hope the Thomas car sounds like that!
"GRX owner, Marcus Gronholm, concluded: We have a new car for this year - its the Fiesta RX that was raced previously by Ken Block.""

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/ar...D1pN5obg5yESdc

But I agree fully, the M-Sport is a magnificent car.
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Old 23 Jan 2019, 17:20 (Ref:3877988)   #13
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"GRX owner, Marcus Gronholm, concluded: We have a new car for this year - its the Fiesta RX that was raced previously by Ken Block.""

http://www.fiaworldrallycross.com/ar...D1pN5obg5yESdc

But I agree fully, the M-Sport is a magnificent car.
Apologies, I think I may have misread your original post, just to confirm:

I believe the first rallycross Fiesta M-Sport built was the RX43, which is the car that Block owns and was used in the GRC and in several gymkhana films (Gymkhana 6, Gymkhana 8 and Terrakhana).

For his two European appearances in 2014, Block borrowed a second M-Sport car. That is the car that Niclas Gronholm used later (hence the comment "We have a new car for this year - its the Fiesta RX that was raced previously by Ken Block" because it was the car that Block raced in Europe, but not the one he owned). That same car was then used by Nitiss last year.

Block still owns his M-Sport Fiesta, it was last seen in a video on the Hoonigan You Tube channel last year.
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Apologies, I think I may have misread your original post, just to confirm:

I believe the first rallycross Fiesta M-Sport built was the RX43, which is the car that Block owns and was used in the GRC and in several gymkhana films (Gymkhana 6, Gymkhana 8 and Terrakhana).

For his two European appearances in 2014, Block borrowed a second M-Sport car. That is the car that Niclas Gronholm used later (hence the comment "We have a new car for this year - its the Fiesta RX that was raced previously by Ken Block" because it was the car that Block raced in Europe, but not the one he owned). That same car was then used by Nitiss last year.

Block still owns his M-Sport Fiesta, it was last seen in a video on the Hoonigan You Tube channel last year.
Correct. However, the car he used in Europe was especially built for his rounds in WRX that year. Unfortunately I couldn't find the links to the posts on Facebook by Block back then.
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Correct. However, the car he used in Europe was especially built for his rounds in WRX that year. Unfortunately I couldn't find the links to the posts on Facebook by Block back then.
Oh really? I didn't know that. I understood that car was a "spare" that M-Sport had planned to run themselves (with Matthew Wilson driving), but it never happened: perhaps that came after Block had finished with the car.
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