AH­LIN JOINS CA1 FOR BRC AS­SAULT IN 2016

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

WRC2 driver Fredrik Ah­lin will join CA1 Sport for an at­tack on the seven-round Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2016.

The Swede is tack­ling his home round of the world cham­pi­onship next week in a Ford Fi­esta R5 Evo and will en­ter the BRC in a sim­i­lar car run by Colin Mcrae’s for­mer lead en­gi­neer Martin Wilkinson’s Cum­bria-based team.

CA1 will also run Ah­lin on se­lected WRC2 events, in­clud­ing Rally Swe­den.

“I haven’t done any rounds of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship be­fore,” ex­plained Ah­lin, 24. “But Martin [Wilkinson] has been telling me a lot about the events and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. I think there will be a lot of R5 cars start­ing the cham­pi­onship, and a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion.”

Like many other BRC en­trants, Ah­lin has hailed the ar­rival of M-sport works driver Elfyn Evans as an op­por­tu­nity to com­pare his pace against an over­all WRC podium finisher.

“It’s great that Elfyn Evans is com­ing back to do the BRC, be­cause for sure that will be a very good bench­mark for us and al­low us to com­pare our­selves against a very good WRC driver.”

Ah­lin is hop­ing to build on his se­cond visit to the UK last year for Wales Rally GB, where a sen­sor fail­ure forced him to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion on the se­cond day un­der Rally 2 rules.

“On Rally GB we had some tech­ni­cal prob­lems on the first day and had to su­per­ally, but af­ter that we were set­ting some good times and fight­ing in WRC2 with the likes of Craig Breen, so hope­fully we can take that mo­men­tum to the Mid Wales Stages and start the BRC sea­son off well.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing year con­test­ing the BRC and se­lected WRC2 events. I want to en­joy it, and of course I want to score some top re­sults. We have the car and team to do it.”

Wilkinson be­lieves that Ah­lin will com­pete at the front of the BRC 1 field when the sea­son starts on the Mid Wales Stages on March 5/6.

“There’s no doubt­ing Fredrik’s pace,” said Wilkinson. “He has proven he can run at the sharp end on WRC2 rounds, which are ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive, and hope­fully he can trans­fer that raw speed into solid points and podium fin­ishes dur­ing this year’s BRC. It’s im­por­tant to start quick out of the blocks on th­ese mostly sin­gle day events and com­ing di­rectly from Rally Swe­den should help. We plan to do some test­ing prior to Mid Wales to help him re-ad­just to gravel driv­ing us­ing the Pirelli tyres.”

Ah­lin will dove­tail WRC2 and BRC

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