Mud and thunder: Fiesta S2000
TG drives the Ford Fiesta S2000, the lean but lairy future of rallying
Posted: 08 Dec 2010
Clutch down, pull the long sequential gearlever backwards, check with Davy that we're OK, and we're off. With an enormous amount of kangaroo petrol. A truly awful getaway - the Fiesta lurches forward uncontrollably and no matter how steady I try to be with the accelerator, nothing cures it. It's enough to make a fighter pilot car-sick. Davy is smiling. Or at least I think it's a smile.
Get onto the stage, accelerate hard and the hiccups disappear. Lift off the throttle, dip the clutch, bang the Fiesta into second. More throttle, keep the toe in this time and just yank the gearlever rearwards for third. Brake for the next corner and really shove the gearlever towards the dash to select second.