ST driver Simpson all set to compete on four rounds of the British Rally Championship
Tony Simpson will compete on selected British Rally Championship rounds in 2016 having secured backing to enter his Ford Fiesta ST.
The Liverpudlian has previously competed in Nissan Micras, MG ZRS and VW Polos, but has rallied STS exclusively since 2011.
Now the 41-year-old will tackle the full BRC for the first time, thanks to the Rallyme initiative, an online fundraising scheme, and his sponsor Flying Dog.
“We’ve got the budget to do four rounds this year,” explained Simpson. “It’s the ST we had last year, we’ll be eligible for BRC 4 so there are a couple of people registered. We can go and push, especially in Mid Wales where I did well on Rally GB.
“We can’t wait to go back. I’ve never done the full international BRC, only the challenge section. Doing the full BRC is still a bit of a childhood dream for me even after how long I’ve been rallying. When you see entry lists like the 1997 Manx you can only say ‘wow’.”
Simpson presented coverage of the British Rallycross Championship last year, but with no deal confirmed to continue this year, there are still question marks over his full plans. “The opening round of the rallycross series is on the same weekend as the BRC in Wales,” said Simpson. “If the opportunity for TV comes up I would have to drop Mid Wales but we’d do the Scottish instead. As it stands our programme will be the Mid Wales, Pirelli, Nicky Grist and the Manx.”
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