Simp­son con­firms BRC en­try in Fabia

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Neil Simp­son has con­firmed his full-time re­turn to the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship, with his fac­tory-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Skoda Fabia R5.

Simp­son, 43, hasn’t com­peted on gravel in 15 years. He will be joined by young co-driver El­liott Ed­mond­son.

Simp­son made his name as a fac­tory Ford and Volk­swa­gen driver in the BRC in the 1990s. Since then he has spent time build­ing the fam­ily busi­ness and is now ready for his workssup­ported re­turn to Bri­tish ral­ly­ing’s top flight.

He is, how­ever, prag­matic about what to ex­pect when he takes to the stages and goes up against some of Bri­tish ral­ly­ing’s fastest and most ex­cit­ing prospects.

Simp­son said: “The car is awe­some and we’re re­ally happy with the sup­port we’ve had from the [Skoda] fac­tory in the Czech Re­pub­lic. We’ve done an event in it al­ready and we’ll do some more test­ing be­fore the open­ing [BRC] round in Wales, but it’s sen­sa­tional; the en­gine’s more tractable than the S2000 and the chas­sis is amaz­ing.”

Simp­son chose the BRC over a se­lected pro­gramme of Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship rounds.

The fi­nal round, Rally Isle of Man, holds par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est for Simp­son. He fin­ished se­cond there the last two times he com­peted.

“There’s some un­fin­ished busi­ness over there,” said Simp­son. “The Manx is a great, great event with some in­cred­i­ble stages. And, with dou­ble points, it’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing way to end the sea­son.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.