Monster Fiesta To Beat Ferraris

Hydrex Ford Fiesta RS


To celebrate the centenary of the UK’s oldest motoring competition, Avon Tyres has entered former British Rallycross Champion, Pat Doran, in the Brighton Speed Trials this Saturday, (10 September).

Pat will compete in the world famous seafront trials in his Hydrex Ford Fiesta RS. The car’s 550bhp, 2-litre turbocharged Ford Cosworth engine makes it the fastest Fiesta in the country, capable of 60mph in just 1.9 seconds.

Such incredible acceleration, which would beat even Michael Schumacher’s F1 Ferrari off the grid, has pushed Avon’s technical experts to provide a tyre specially formulated to cope with the severe demands. The unprecedented grip they bestow will support Pat in his challenge for victory.

Annually the Speed Trials, which first tore up Brighton’s tarmac in 1905, sees two hundred car drivers and forty motorcyclists compete in a bid to see whose machinery can set the fastest pace along a quarter mile stretch of the coastal town’s Madeira Drive.

The event is a popular spectacle every year, and is probably the only chance to see such a diverse array of vehicles, from Ferrari F40s to Morris Minors, challenging for the same prize.

Whilst the list of entrants is at full capacity, spectators are welcome and can either watch for free from the seafront’s main road, or from the paddock and terrace at £10 per person.

Awards up for grabs include best time for particular types of cars, best motorcycle time and best time for a lady driver. Pat will be aiming to set the fastest overall time of any vehicle.

Pat, 45 from Milstead, Kent, shot to success in the early nineties with wins in the British and French Grand Prix, before retiring from competition in 1993. But his hunger for speed saw Pat return to the British Rallycross scene in 2001 in a Ford RS200, which subsequently propelled him to his first MSA British Rallycross championship in 2002.

7 September 2005 Staff

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