Manta crew switches to Es­cort for 2016 his­toric rally cam­paign

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Brothers Si­mon and Alis­ter Crook have ac­quired the ex-richard Hill Ford Es­cort Mk2 for this sea­son’s Bri­tish His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Orig­i­nally, they hoped to get their Opel Manta con­verted to his­toric trim but even­tu­ally de­cided to switch to the Es­cort used by Hill on last year’s BHRC.

“I’ve al­ways yearned for a full spec car since start­ing ral­ly­ing in 1980; it will be nice to have a few years in one,” said Si­mon.

They will miss round one, the Red Kite Stages, due to their father’s 80th birth­day, so will join the BHRC for Rally North Wales. They will shake the car down on the Bov­ing­ton Stages in early March.

Sea­soned York­shire rally driver Char­lie Gabb has com­pleted the build of a Lotus Cortina Mk1 for his­toric ral­ly­ing and tested the car re­cently. His plans will likely cen­tre on north­ern for­est events

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