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    Pontus Tidemand was testing Proton Iriz R5 at a secret location somewhere in the UK last week:
    https://www.facebook.com/MellorsElli...pe=3&__tn__=-R
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    Re Iriz R5 - two were going to run this weekend at the NH Stages at Oulton Park, the first event of the MSN Circuit Championship.

    But its just been postponed due to the UK lockdown.

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    Had been good to see Pontus in an Iriz in a couple of rallies!
    Maybe in Sweden or Finland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    Had been good to see Pontus in an Iriz in a couple of rallies!
    Maybe in Sweden or Finland.
    I'm sorry but using any money on a start with Iriz is like throwing them out of the window. Pontus needs a competitive machine.
    Stupid is as stupid does. Forrest Gump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirek View Post
    I'm sorry but using any money on a start with Iriz is like throwing them out of the window. Pontus needs a competitive machine.
    Are we sure he'd be paying? The Mellors must have had some money to play with, as Oliver Mellors drove it fairly regularly. Gronholm testing it wouldn't have cost him anything...

    I'm still not sure how far off the pace the Proton is. No way is it up there with the works Rally2s, but I don't think it's ridiculously far off. Oliver Mellors certainly isn't the quickest British driver and he wasn't massively off the pace of Matt Edwards on the Cambrian, on stages the latter knows like the back of his hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sniper View Post
    Are we sure he'd be paying? The Mellors must have had some money to play with, as Oliver Mellors drove it fairly regularly. Gronholm testing it wouldn't have cost him anything...

    I'm still not sure how far off the pace the Proton is. No way is it up there with the works Rally2s, but I don't think it's ridiculously far off. Oliver Mellors certainly isn't the quickest British driver and he wasn't massively off the pace of Matt Edwards on the Cambrian, on stages the latter knows like the back of his hand.
    And there is only one way to find out where the car is compared to the best, get a top driver and compete internationally. That means ERC or WRC. Pontus has driven most R5s and will be able to pinpoint weak areas, as I am guessing he did after the test, then adjust and compete.
    If potential buyers is to give the Iriz a secong glance, they need to know its potential. The Mellors know this, and are trying to move ahead with the project.

    I like people with balls, that dare to challenge the best!
    Last edited by Sulland; 3rd November 2020 at 12:14.

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    I like that too and wish them all the best with the Iriz project.

    But I think the number of second-hand proven R5's now out there will limit any sales.

    They could be cheap to hire though. The second Iriz R5 due for the NH Stages was hired from (Eugene) Donnelly Motorsport in N.Ireland.

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    R5 News

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    Pontus has driven most R5s
    Only old Fiesta and both Fabias. Competitively, that is. Also tested the Polo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulland View Post
    I like people with balls, that dare to challenge the best!
    Besides the balls, they’ll likely need a bit more €ncouragement from Proton…
    Rally addict since 1982

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