Fiestas win economy driving event

The 2013 ALD Automotive / Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon produced two great results for Ford in what the organisers have dubbed the toughest test of eco-driving skills so far.

Forty-six competitors lined up at Tankersley Manor, near Sheffield for the start of the event, and the eventual winners of the contest to achieve the best outright MPG proved that you don't have to be an eco-driving expert to clock up a winning performance.

Driving a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi, Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer returned 88.69mpg over their 339.3-mile course, for an impressive win against the best in the economy driving world.

BBC South transport correspondent Paul Clifton (on the right in our picture) and his son, Doug (left), covered 362.9 miles on just 3.33 gallons of diesel to achieve an incredible 108.82mpg.

The MPG Marathon, organised by Fleet World, is the UK's longest-running and best-known economy driving event. This year competitors pushed for the best economy over two days, choosing their own route between a series of fixed points. Each vehicle was fitted with satellite tracking to measure the exact distance travelled. The competitors covered an average 360 miles of British countryside, including A and B roads and motorway driving.