Email received from Mark in May 2014: I just wanted to let you know that we took the Darrian to compete in the Irish “Mk2 Escort Challenge” (i.e. the Carlow Rally) over the weekend, and that we managed to take the fight to Ireland’s top Escort boys for the first time!
This weekend I started without traction control, and for the first mile of the first stage it was impossible to touch the throttle as the road was damp and dirty, so I switched it back on at a slow corner 1 mile in, and it transformed the car. For the rest of the day I was able to be as aggressive as I wanted to be with the throttle, and the car just accelerated with a nice amount of oversteer, which later in the afternoon I was able to use to help steer the car through corners, in the same way that the Moto GP riders drift their bikes using traction control. So very happy with it in the end.
Our last three stages, as we got more confident, saw us beating two of the top Irish Escort drivers, Wesley Patterson & Frank Kelly by about 10 seconds over 6 minutes, and without a puncture after Stage 1, we’d have finishing 8th overall, splitting those two guys. U-Tube footage