M-Sport, the team behind Ford’s FIA World Rally Championship programme is delighted to bring the Ford Fiesta SportTrophy (FST) series to Ireland in association with the 2011 Hankook MSA Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship (NIRC).

The Fiesta SportTrophy Ireland, which will start with the Circuit of Ireland National Rally in April, will showcase the Fiesta R2 car but will also allow crews with the previously successful Fiesta ST to compete for some great bonus's and exclusive end of season opportunities (see below)

The eight round-mixed surface series will include the following National B events:

23rd April - Circuit of Ireland National Rally (Tarmac)
7th May - Tour of the Sperrins (Tarmac)
4th June - Mourne Rally (Tarmac)
6th August - Dogleap Rally (Gravel)
10th September - Lakeland Stages (Gravel)
24th September - Bushwhacker Rally (Gravel)
22nd October - Down Rally (Gravel)
5th November - Glens of Antrim (Gravel)***
How to Register...
To be eligible for the Fiesta Sport Trophy Ireland competitors have to register for the Hankook NIRC and sign up to the Regulations of FST Ireland and display the required FST decals.*************

NIRC Registration Forms are available to download from www.nirally..com

FST Ireland documentation will be available from the NIRC/FST co ordinator at each event.**
Bonus's and Prizes...

On event Vouchers...
During the season, registered Fiesta SportTrophy Ireland competitors will receive M-Sport Parts Vouchers based on the final overall results on each of the eight rounds up to the following:

First -**** £150
Second - £100
Third -**** £50

End of Season Prize...
At the end of the season, the overall winner of the Fiesta SportTrophy Ireland will receive a test day in a Fiesta WRC with instruction from an M-Sport nominated Team Driver.

In addition, the winner will also be given an invitation to the Fiesta Sport Trophy International Shootout with the winners from other FST countries for the chance to* experience life with Ford's FIA WRC team, M-Sport.

Background to the Fiesta Sport Trophy International...

With the Fiesta able to compete throughout the world in near-identical pan-European championship events, and in the Fiesta SportTrophy International without having to change specification, the FST provides a direct stepping stone towards the World Rally Championship.

2011 will also see the start of the FIA WRC Academy, a new six round series using Ford Fiesta R2 Rally cars supplied by M-Sport. The series will act as a step forward for young drivers to work their way up the ranks into world rallying. The series is hoping to attract drivers from across the world and, with an arrive and drive set up, it is likely to attract a diverse crowd. With the ‘rungs’ falling into place on Ford’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, there can be no better place to start rallying than the Fiesta SportTrophy.

For further details on the FST, contact the NIRC/FST co ordinator by email at: [email protected]


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