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The 1989 Firestone Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth , 25hr Winner !

Price: £ 48,500.00

The 1989 Saloon Car Championship and Willhire 25 hour winning Ford Sapphire RS Cosworth Ford Motorsport commissioned Roger Dowson to prepare the then newly launched Sapphire Cosworth to contest the 1989 Uniroyal Tyres Production Saloon Championship for Mark Hales. The championship had established one of the key rounds as the annual Willhire 24 hour race which for 1989 was extended to 25 hours in celebration of the anniversary of Roger Williamsí company. For the event Mark was partnered by former F1 driver for ATS and Tyrrell and subsequent FIA World Truck Racing Champion Slim Borgudd (Abbas Drummer ). After battling head to head for 23 of the 25 hours with Keith Odor and Barrie Williams in a Castrol Syntron X Sierra the Sapphire secured the win of what, at the time, was the longest closed circuit race in the world. The overall championship honours for the 89 season were also claimed by Mark and this Sapphire. The car was retained for a short period by Firestone for promotional work before being sold to Alex Sidwell in 1992 (receipt on file) who then raced it in the UK and on the continent up until 2004. During this period the car was required to be upgraded from the original bolt in rollcage to international FIA spec. The YB 200 engine was rebuilt by specialists Julian Godfrey Engineering using an ex WRC head with RS500 manifold and green injectors with Pectel T6 ECU and produces 460bhp. Fitted with a Quaife CTS T5 Racebox, AP 6 pot brakes, Quantum adjustable front coilover dampers & Leda rear dampers, GpA adjustable front ARB, rose jointed track control arms and compression struts. Receipts and engine build sheet on file. A surefire investment , just look at 3DR RS500 Prices . The first and most important Ford backed Sapphire Competition car , very easy and forgiving to drive , this was the last car i raced !

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