Eddie Lewis is set to make history in the 2017 Junior 1000 rally championship as he launches the new campaign behind the wheel of the new Ford Fiesta.
Under the regulations of the Formula 1000 Rally Club, cars must have been in production for at least 3 years before being eligible, allowing the car to be used for the very first time in 2017. The Mechanical Solutions supported driver is hoping to continue his development after his rookie season in 2016 and perhaps start the next era of Junior rallying in the Fiesta.
Eddie commented, “2016 was a very successful learning year in the C1 and was what I wanted from my first year rallying and in motorsport. Setting some quick times at the back end of the year, I feel setting me up well for my second season”
“We have been building the Fiesta for quite a while now and it has been a big project,
with the help of lots of people along the way. Still things to do on the car, but we’re excited to be very close to finishing. Me and all the team are very optimistic about the Fiesta, hoping it will be the car to bring us some top results, especially going into the second half of the season”.
The standard power output from the engine is higher than the current championship winning C1/107/Aygo cars, but the Fiesta is also heavier and has a larger wheel base and tyre size. Eddie will be the only competitor currently using the Fiesta and will be under immediate pressure from the other Junior drivers starting their 2nd season in more familiar machinery.
The car certainly looks stunning and it will be fascinating to compare the performance of the cars when the first round of the Junior 1000 rally championship gets under way on 19th March 2017 at Anglesey, North Wales.