Ital­ian and fe­male driv­ers among en­tries Pho­tos: Chris Huish – Rallysport Me­dia, Jucy Rally Pho­tog­ra­phy, Jakob Ebrey

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

MH Mo­tor­sport has named the five driv­ers who will tackle the DMACK Ju­nior Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship and BRC 4 cat­e­gories in 2016.

The out­fit – run by Mike Har­ris – will field cars for Ital­ian Um­berto Ac­cornero, fe­male com­peti­tor Na­bila Te­j­par, Ir­ish Tar­mac his­toric cham­pion co-driver Will Gra­ham, six-time Rally GB en­trant Roger Platt and 17-year-old Josh Corn­well.

All driv­ers will drive a variant of the Ford Fi­esta R2, with Ac­cornero in an R2T.

“There will be a point on events were we have five cars,” ex­plained Har­ris. “The BRC looks very ex­cit­ing, the team has ex­ploded quickly but we’ve made sure we have ex­tra man­power. We have a good set of driv­ers and as long as they keep it on the road, our jobs will be eas­ier.”

Har­ris has just pur­chased an R2T from M-sport Poland, which Ac­cornero will use for five events. He will be co-driven by An­drew Ed­wards.

Corn­well com­peted in Lat­vian ral­lies in 2014 be­fore mak­ing se­lected BTRDA ap­pear­ances last year. He is ex­pected to run at the front of the 1600cc R2s with ex­pe­ri­enced co-driver Dai Roberts.

“It’s some­thing dif­fer­ent for me,” said Corn­well. “We’ll strug­gle to match the turbo R2s in the 1600, but it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to show my­self. This will be new for me be­cause we didn’t do the whole Lat­vian se­ries so I’ve never done a year in the same class.”

Te­j­par’s ex­pe­ri­ence in ral­ly­ing lies with cir­cuit ral­lies but she has been un­der the tute­lage of Bill Gwynne at his rally school.

“It’s my first year of do­ing a cham­pi­onship,” she said. “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. I did Phoenix Stages, Twyford, Snet­ter­ton: just sin­gle-venue events last year. I thought if we’re go­ing to do this, we may as well throw our­selves in at the deep end.”

She’ll be joined by Nigel Mum­mery’s nav­i­ga­tor Fiona Scar­rett for the sea­son ahead.

Gra­ham is hop­ing that 2016 is his year to show what he can do in the driv­ers seat, hav­ing co-driven for father Ernie last year.

“It’s my first sea­son as a driver. I’ve been co-driv­ing for my dad Ernie in a Ford Es­cort Mk2, last year we won the Ir­ish Tar­mac His­toric Cham­pi­onship, so now it’s my turn.”

Gra­ham will be joined by Tim Sayer, while Platt and Ian Davies will en­ter the BRC 4 cat­e­gory.

Simp­son has driven Fabia R5 Har­ris won class on Nicky Grist Stages last year

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