Rally driver Becky Kirvan, from Burton Pidsea, travelled to Wales this week for the first test of her new car for next season. Using tracks at the Sweet Lamb rally complex near Llangurig 2010 BTRDA ladies champion Kirvan concentrated on getting used to the Ford Fiesta ST's power and handling at first before working on the set up of the suspension.
Fellow rally driver and 2010 BTRDA 1400 Champion Matt Edwards, who used to run a similar car, was on hand to provide advice on the various suspension settings and also to give Becky some tips for getting the best out of the new machine.
With the suspension to her liking Kirvan tackled several runs of a rally stage at the venue and was delighted with the performance of the car.
"The Fiesta is so much more powerful than my Micra and the brakes and handling are far superior too," said Kirvan.
"I really enjoyed testing the car and soon adapted my driving style to suit it and we made some excellent progress The testing session has definitely made me look forward to next season even more, if that’s possible!"
"I'd like to thank Matt for his advice on the settings and driving style, he was a great help."
A further test of the Fiesta is planned for early in 2011. In the meantime Kirvan is focussing on attracting backing to enable her to contest the popular British Rally Championship next year, anyone interested in supporting her can make contact via www.beckykirvan.co.uk.