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Q&A: Barry Clark - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


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Barry Clark won the Fiesta Sporting Trophy International series in 2007 and this year will get to take in three rounds in the WRC in a latest spec Ford Focus RS WRC car. Crash.net Radio caught up with the Scot recently to find out how much he is looking forward to that challenge...


Crash.net:
Barry, how exciting is this chance for you with the Focus and just how important is it for you to make the most of it?

Barry Clark:
I am over the moon. It is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for me to get into a World Rally Car and be up against the main guys in the world championship. It is a massive step for us from the little Group N Fiesta. But it is one that I am ready to make and I am delighted to have gotten the opportunity. [Ford boss] Malcolm Wilson has been fantastic and we have been able to come up with this deal to do three rallies. I have never done Turkey before, but I have done Corsica and GB. It is a challenge I am thoroughly looking forward to.

Crash.net:
One event has come about as a prize for winning the Fiesta Sporting Trophy International championship last year, while the other two outings are something you have worked to secure. Give us the details…

BC:
We had a fantastic time last year in the Fiestas and we dominated the championship. Last year they awarded Alessandro Bettega a run in Corsica in the Focus [after he won the FSTi series in '06] and so they have done the same again for me this year. But we have managed to secure some extra funding and the opportunity was there to use the car for a couple of other events and we have managed to do that and get the deal for three rallies. It will give me a bit more of a chance and a bit more time in the car and a chance to prove myself on different surfaces.

Crash.net:
How difficult has it been to raise the money to do those extra two events?

BC:
It is an awful lot of money and raising money for anything is mighty tough. We are still working on trying to raise as much money as we can and getting as much sponsorship in as we can, but we have committed to it this year. We will get there and we will see from there.

Crash.net:
Driving the Fiesta ST to switching to driving the Focus is going to be very different isn't it?

BC:
They are totally different cars. The Fiesta ST is a road car with a few competition bits on it, whereas the Focus is an out and out rally car. Obviously it is four-wheel drive as well and there is much more power with the turbo. There is an awful lot to get use to. But hopefully I will be able to get out in the car a few times before the Rally of Turkey in June and get some miles under my belt. We are also building an Evo 9 that I am going to use in some British championship events. I just want to build on the four-wheel drive experience and that should help with it.

Crash.net:
What experience have you got driving WRC cars?

BC:
Not a lot at the moment. I have done a couple of shakedowns for M-Sport and I did a rally day at the Chatsworth Rally Show [in September last year], doing some demo runs. But that is about the limit of it. Hopefully we will be able to get a lot more experience before June.

Crash.net:
Any idea how many tests you will do before Turkey and when they will be?

BC:
Not at the moment. I really don't know. It all depends on what is available and what we can pull together and what Malcolm says to it. Hopefully they will let me do some more shakedowns and some rally days. There could be some PR days too and we might get a run in Greystoke forest or whatever. Anything we can do and any chance I can get to be in the car I will be up for.

Crash.net:
How are you going to approach the events in Turkey, France and GB?

BC:


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