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Mark Smith - Escort Mk2, 2.0L Duratec
 

Mark took the Escort to the Motorsport at the Palace sprint event at Crystal Palace on the Whitsun Bank Holiday, May 2016. Although car and tyres were set up for stage rallying and not ideal for sprinting, it gave the car a bit more of a shake down and he had fun throwing the car around. He was 5th in Class on Sunday with 39.34s and 3rd in Class on Monday with 39.86s.

Steve was there fine tuning the set up of the electronic throttle, launch and traction control.

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Mark at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Picture:Kim Broughton

Mark Smith at Crystal Palace, May 2016
 
Mark Smith at Weston Park Rally. Picture:Mark Sims RallyGallery.com

Mark competed in the AGBO Weston Park Rally on 19 March 2016 and commented on Facebook afterwards:

'Had a great day at Weston Park yesterday for the AGBO stages, first event for the car and me, guided by Phil Turner
Seeded car 65, had probs catching cars on the first 3 stages before being reseeded.
Not had results yet but finished somewhere between 10th and 15th overall, excellent reliability thanks to SBD Motorsport'

He actually finished 13th Overall with a time of 26m33s.

Picture courtesy of Mark Sims RallyGallery.com

Mark's latest project is a 2.0L 307bhp SBD Duratec engine powered Escort, which he intends using for rallies.

He finished the Escort and it was MSA log booked in January 2016 ready for some events this year. After coming down to SBD for a fine tune at the beginning of February, he went to test the car at a track day at Oulton Park on the 13 February.

He commented on Facebook;

'Good day at Oulton Park trackday, lots of attention round our garage, and clearly the loudest thing there.  It was easily the quickest car at the circuit catching everything! Brakes set up at last, still feels like driving a jelly but even though it was touchy feely round the corners with body roll, it still lapped faster that 2 Ariel Atoms and every other tin top, including a Caterham on the straight!  Hopefully extolled the virtues of the SBD engine and Royal Purple oil.
Thanks to Matt Downer & Steve at SBD.
'

Mark Smith, Escort Mk2, February 2016
 
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Mark's 2.0L Duratec being fitted Underside of Mark's Escort Underside of Mark's Escort
 
Mark Smith's Duratec engine with our WT-DURA-4K Mark Smith's Escort build Mark Smith's Escort build
 
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Mark Smith's Escort fuel tank, fuel pump & fuel filter Mark Smith's Escort handbrake Mark Smith's Escort engine bay
 
Mark Smith's Escort inside

Mark Smith's Escort inside

Mark Smith's Escort boot

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Mark Smith , picture courtsey of Steve Wilkinson Mark at Castle Combe March 2011. Picture:Kim Kingham
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