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Ford Fiesta Rallycross cars to debut in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” Supercharged versions of the new Ford Fiesta will make the line’s U.S. racing debut at the 87th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 19.

The Sweden-based Olsberg Motor Sport Evolution team managed by Andreas Eriksson will bring two Fiesta Rallycross cars to Colorado to try to break the 10-minute mark in the race’s unlimited class.

Ford is bringing the Fiesta, its small European car, stateside next summer.

Eriksson, 35, a four-time Swedish rally champion, will race one Fiesta and Marcus Gronholm the other. Gronholm, 41, is one of World Rallying’s most accomplished drivers, with two World Championships and 30 WRC victories.

Japanese superstar Nobuhiro Tajima will be back in his Suzuki Sport speed machine to go for the mark. He clocked 10:18.250 last summer, and British Rallycross champ Mark Rennison will bring his 1999 Ford RS200.

Olsberg’s MSE team debuted its Fiesta Rallycross car for this season’s Swedish and European Rallycross championships, and it scored its first victory in its second European championship event in Portugal last month.

Pikes Peak, with 11 classes in this year’s race, is the second-oldest motor sports race in America behind the Indy 500 and has been conducted since 1916. The race is run on a 12.42-mile course that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110-foot summit.