Yates faces Cave and Bo­gie on Red Kite event

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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

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