The new class will be run at all 2013 Mondello Park car race events and will be contested by near-standard Ford Fiesta Zetec Cars.

The Fiesta Championship will have the backing of tyre trade suppliers Patch Tyre Equipment, which is making its first foray into Irish circuit racing, having previously had a long involvement in rallying.

The series will be run for lightly modified Ford Fiestas, built between 1996 and 2001, and will be organised by the Mondello Park Sports Club.

The Fiesta Championship is intended to offer an affordable introduction into motorsport for novice drivers, as well as attracting drivers from other budget saloon series such as the now-dormant Fiat class.

The championship regulations will be tightly controlled, with strict chassis, engine, suspension and tyre regulations designed to guarantee a level playing field for all.

Speaking at the announcement of the company's involvement with the series, Patch Tyre Equipment's Managing Director Brian Matthews said: "We've been supplying the tyre trade for more than 20 years and have had an involvement with rallying for more than 10 of those.

"I've always loved motorsport and when the opportunity came along to get involved with a new series offering affordable motorsport and a chance for young drivers to get into racing, we jumped at the opportunity.

"This is a great opening for Patch Tyre Equipment as many of our customers share our keen interest in motorsport. We are really looking forward to working with Mondello Park to progress the Championship".

The Patch Tyre Equipment Fiesta Championship kicks off at Mondello Park on April 14 and a strong grid of cars is expected for the first event.

Drivers interested in finding out more about the championship, will find all the information and regulations at:

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