15 Jan 10
Former Junior Championship driver Michael Kosciuszko will make the step up to the S-WRC category this year in a Ford Fiesta S2000 - the car he believes will be the class of the field.
Kosciuszko, 24, has contested the J-WRC for the last three seasons, most recently in Suzuki Sport Swift S1600. Last year the Pole had his most successful season to date; winning two rounds and finishing in the runner-up spot.
This year Kosciuszko and co-driver Maciek Szczpaniak have entered the new S-WRC category with a Fiesta prepared by Belgian firm Symtech Racing and run under the Dynamic World Rally Team banner.
"After three years in J-WRC we felt that it’s time to step up," explained Szczpaniak. "We are looking to the long-term. The S2000 car is the future of WRC and the future of rallying."
The choice of car was made after Kosciuszko tested two alternatives; the Peugeot 207 S2000 and Skoda Fabia S2000. According to the team, the M-Sport prepared Fiesta proved unbeatable. "Ford is focused on the development of this car, which means these new S2000 Fiestas will be very competitive," said Kosciuszko. "Choosing the Fiesta means I can also count on a lot of support from M-Sport. I've had the opportunity to do already a few miles in the car and I think this is one with a very high potential."
The pair will start their seven-round programme on Rally Mexico, and are looking forward to taking on some familiar foes. "Our “old” rivals Martin Prokop and Patrik Sandell will be competing in the S-WRC series, so we’re looking forward to a good battle with them for the championship,” added Szczpaniak.