Rally UK »

Forde gears up for Malcolm Wilson

Ross Forde is gearing-up for the opening round of the Fiesta SportTrophy, the Malcolm Wilson Rally, next weekend as he gets his 2009 campaign underway.

Forde is contesting a full season in the series this year in his Motorsport Ireland and Irish Sports Council-backed M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta as his prize for winning the 2008 Billy Coleman Award.

The 25-year-old will be joined by experienced co-driver Rob Fagg as his regular navigator, younger brother Arron, could not commit to the weekend.

The pair warmed-up for the forthcoming event by contesting last weekend's Nenagh-based Birr Stages Rally and it was not just the first time the crew sat together in a car but it was also Forde's debut behind the wheel of a Fiesta.

Unfortunately they failed to finish due to a mechanical problem but over the next week Forde will be spending time testing ahead of the 45-mile Cumbrian event.

“I'm really looking forward to the opening round and to getting back out onto the gravel,” Forde said. “Although it's an event I've never done before I'm feeling pretty confident and just want to begin the season well with a good result. It's going to be tough as there's a lot of good drivers in the series but we'll be trying hard from the off.

“I got a bit used to the Fiesta on the Birr Stages although the mechanical problems meant I didn't get a full feel to it. Rob and I got on well and I'm pleased he's on board for the event.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ross Forde with the Billy Coleman Award and a Ford Fiesta. [Pic credit: Sportsfile]
BRC Podium BRC Podium Dean Raftery / Aileen Kelly Ford Fiesta and Calvin Beattie / Martin Brady Ford Fiesta, Osian Pryce / Dale Furniss Citroen DS3 R3T
BRC Podium BRC Podium Dean Raftery / Aileen Kelly Ford Fiesta and Calvin Beattie / Martin Brady Ford Fiesta, Osian Pryce / Dale Furniss Citroen DS3 R3T
BRC Podium BRC Podium Dean Raftery / Aileen Kelly Ford Fiesta and Calvin Beattie / Martin Brady Ford Fiesta, Osian Pryce / Dale Furniss Citroen DS3 R3T
Gus Greensmith / Melanie Holmes Ford Fiesta
Gus Greensmith / Melanie Holmes Ford Fiesta
Gus Greensmith / Melanie Holmes Ford Fiesta
Calvin Beattie  Ford Fiesta
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205
Ross Hunter  Peugeot 205
BRC Challenge Podium, Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205 and Richard Sykes / Emma Morrison Citroen C2R2
BRC Challenge Podium, Ross Hunter / Josh Davison Peugeot 205 and Richard Sykes / Emma Morrison Citroen C2R2

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.