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Auckland’s Mark Tapper and Kayne Barrie have qualified for the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy International shootout, to be run in Cockermouth, England in front of M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson.
The shootout is contested from winners of Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy Series all over the world, plus selected wild card entries. The winner of the shootout will earn a 12 month contact with M-Sport, the company that runs the Ford Focus WRC cars and created the Ford Fiesta Sporting Trophy concept. The contract includes use of an apartment near M-sport’s main building, a personal trainer, some testing for M-Sport and the opportunity to travel to all of the European rounds of the World Rally Championship as a guest of the team.
Tapper, who has consistently set the pace during the series, won his place at the shootout after winning the championship by just one point in a nail-biting season finale. Tapper has won every leg of the series he has finished, however two mechanical problems at the Whangarei round saw him with all the work to do in the remaining four rounds.
Barrie won his place at the shootout as a wildcard decided by the New Zealand series organisers. He has shown consistent pace all year, being the only person to finish every stage of the championship. He is also the only person apart from Tapper to win a round of the series, round two at Whangarei. Despite having had four co-drivers in the six rounds, Barrie has set a consistent pace that bought him within 3.5 seconds of an overall championship win.
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