Bridging the gap between entry-level rallying and the Rally2 machinery that feeds into the top-tier, Rally3 is recognized as one of the most important classes in the sport.
M-Sport was first to market with its Ford Fiesta Rally3 – which has been competing for almost a year – but other manufacturers are expected to introduce WRC3-ready cars in the future.
“It’s fantastic news to have this WRC3 championship title,” said Woda. “Of course we already know that the Fiesta Rally3 is the car to be used in the Junior World Rally Championship, but having a separate category like WRC3 is so important to us.”
Last year’s FIA Junior WRC Champion Sami Pajari is leading the WRC3 charge at Rallye Monte-Carlo next week (20-23 January), with Enrico Brazzoli and Jan Černy also driving Fiesta Rally3, which competes in the M- Sports factory in Kraków were prepared.
“This is a really exciting season for us,” continued Woda. “We are now building the 54th Fiesta Rally3, demonstrating the demand for this car and category.
“As you can imagine we were very happy that the FIA ratified a larger restrictor for the car – we went from 30 to 31mm – and that gives the car 235hp instead of just over 200.
“In terms of torque, we will have 415 instead of 400 Nm. This change makes an already good car fantastic. It’s so much fun to drive and with that performance and all-wheel drive it has the potential to surprise a few this year.”