Tasmanian to make international rally debut at Ulster
- 6th August 2012, 8:59am
Turner, a 26 year old from Hobart, will be driving a 2009 M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 which will be a big change from his current rally car, a Ford Falcon XR6.
“I'm really looking forward to driving the Ford Fiesta R2. We had a lot of success with the XR6 but it was a big heavy car and it took a lot of effort to drive it fast,” Turner said. “The Fiesta R2 is a much better rally car, it's got good suspension, big brakes and a sequential gearbox so it should be quick.”
Turner has made a name for himself in rallying with a highly successful career at both state and national level. His career highlights include winning the 2009 Tasmanian 2WD Rally Series and gaining second place in the 2011 Australian Junior Rally Championship with multiple 2WD event wins along the way.
Joining Stephen in the Ford Fiesta R2 for the event will be British co-driver, James Aldridge. Aldridge, a 25 year old from Devon, England, has competed in many events including the British and South African Rally Championships and rounds of the World Rally Championship in the WRC academy.
Looking to the future, Turner plans to bring the Ford Fiesta R2 to Australia to contest the Australian Rally Championship in 2013.
“If all goes to plan we will have the car here for Rally Victoria in November this year. It will be good to see how the international class car compares to the G2 formula,” Stephen said. “Obviously the Ford Fiesta R2 has a smaller engine, but I am hoping the times will be competitive.”
Photo courtesy of www.fiestar2.pl
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