Yates faces Cave and Bogie on Red Kite event
MSA English champion Rhys Yates has added the Red Kite Stages to his pre-season schedule ahead of an attack on the British Rally Championship in 2016.
The Chesterfield driver will join the likes of Tom Cave, David Bogie and Tomas Davies on the entry list for the Llandovery event, and is hoping the drivers entered give him an opportunity to compare times in just his second season of stage rallying.
“It’s good news some of this year’s BRC drivers are doing the Red Kite, they give us a benchmark before the season starts,” explained Yates, who will be co-driven by Tom Woodburn.
“It will be good to see where I’m at. I’m apprehensive for where I’ll be in the order because we’re inexperienced in comparison.”
After running for most of 2015 on Pirelli tyres, Simpson-backed Yates has signed with Michelin for 2016. He will also upgrade to the new Evo engine pack but the BTRDA B10 champion won’t get it until after the third round.
Yates won a host of awards in his first season of rallying, taking the B10 class title in an R2 Fiesta before stepping up to his ex-kajetan Kajetanowicz car for the Cambrian, Malton and Rockingham rallies at the end of 2015. Now the 23-yearold is returning to where his rallying career started to begin the next chapter of his career.
“The Red Kite was my first ever event in the R2 last year so we’ve decided to do it for more seat time,” he added.
Yates: Wants more seat time