COF­FEY BACK ON GRAVEL

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Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Gra­ham Cof­fey will com­pete on se­lected World, Bri­tish, French and BTRDA cham­pi­onship rounds this year, with an en­try into WRC Rally Fin­land on the agenda.

Cof­fey is aim­ing to fa­mil­iarise him­self on gravel again by com­pete­ing in the BTRDA, be­fore he wheels out his Ford Fi­esta WRC onto Oun­in­po­hja.

“Our plans start with putting the Fi­esta in gravel trim,” ex­plained Cof­fey. “We’ll do the Mal­colm Wil­son [next BTRDA roun] to see how we go there. If that goes well I’ll do quite a few BTRDA rounds and prob­a­bly the Nicky Grist on the BRC.

“Ideally I want to do Fin­land in July, if I can get up to speed on gravel. If I don’t do Fin­land I’ll do Rally GB in Oc­to­ber.

“There’s a chance I could do both but it de­pends how quick I can get con­fi­dent on gravel, I haven’t been on the loose for 11 years. GB in 2005 was the last time.”

Cof­fey – whose com­pany spon­sors mul­ti­ple events in the UK in­clud­ing the Neil Howard Stages – has com­peted on myr­iad WRC events, in­clud­ing Rally Ger­many in his Fi­esta last year.

He’ll be joined by BRC co-driver El­liott Ed­mond­son for the Mal­colm Wil­son Rally on March 13, and will com­plete se­lect events from there on with a new co-driver.

Ed­mond­son is part­ner­ing Neil Simp­son in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year.

“The pro­gramme is just some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent for us,” added Cof­fey. “When I got the Fi­esta I got the gravel kit with it as well, all the other world cars I’ve had have been in Tar­mac spec, there’s been no real op­tion to do forests un­less I bought all the kit. I’ve al­ways wanted to do Fin­land WRC and that’s the last world event to tick off my list be­fore I re­tire so I re­ally need to do it.”

Gravel-spec for Cof­fey’s Fi­esta WRC

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