FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP ADOPTS NEW CLASS STRUCTURE FOR 2019
The BRSCC Fiesta Championship racing with MRF Tyres will enter a new era in the 2019 season, as the class structure will be streamlined to ensure closer, more competitive racing going forwards.
Up until the end of the 2018 season, the Fiesta Championship ran with four separate classes to accommodate four different generations of the Ford Fiesta hatchback – Classes A, B C and D. However, in a bid to allow more cars a chance to compete for the overall race and championship victory, the BRSCC has elected to modify the way cars are categorised, bringing the number down from four down to two.
Cars that ran in Class C, for the Mk6 Ford Fiesta ST150, and Class D, for the Mk7 Ford Fiesta Zetec S, will be merged together for the 2019 season to form a new “Championship Class”. The Mk7 Fiesta Zetec S race cars will be given a power boost of approx. 20hp to bring their power to weight ratio in line with that the Fiesta STs, before a Balance of Performance will be conducted via addition or removal of weight throughout the season if required. This, in turn, will help equalise the two cars in order to provide more drivers with the chance to race at the front and compete for the win. Details of the upgrade kit for the Mk7 Zetec S will be issued via a technical bulletin to all teams and independents within the next few weeks.
In terms of the older Fiesta models that also compete, they too will also be grouped together into a new class that stays true to their heritage, therefore being dubbed the “Fiesta Classic” class. This will encompass both Class A, for the Mk3 Ford Fiesta Si, and Class B, for the Mk5 Ford Fiesta Zetec, to contest one prize. For this season, the cars will remain unchanged to allow the BRSCC and the championship to define any changes required to bring both models’ performance into line for 2020, if at all.
The change in class structure has been universally agreed by all of the main outfits that run cars in the Fiesta Championship and all are said to be greatly looking forward to the increased challenge it will bring, as well as enhancing the on-track spectacle for fans and followers of the Championship.