Ben­nett switches from BTRDA to the BRC

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Reign­ing BTRDA 1400 rally cham­pion Dave Ben­nett will step up to the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this year in his ti­tle-win­ning Vaux­hall Corsa.

Ben­nett will com­pete a full sea­son with reg­u­lar co-driver Alis­tair Mcneil in the na­tional rally cup, af­ter feel­ing the time was right for a new chal­lenge.

“We’ve had seven amaz­ing years in the BTRDA pro­gress­ing from win­ning the Rally First cham­pi­onship in 2008 and 2009 to win­ning the 1400 Cham­pi­onship in 2015.

“How­ever af­ter eight years and fi­nally win­ning the 1400 crown it felt like the right time for a change. The ap­peal of the BRC is clear: fan­tas­tic cham­pi­onship, great his­tory and pedi­gree and a new for­mat that al­lows the club­man to make a step up via the Na­tional Rally Cup. The chance to com­pete on the same stages as the main BRC field and com­pete on longer clas­sic events is very ex­cit­ing and will be a big chal­lenge.”

Ben­nett has spent the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer on gravel, so the as­phalt events in the cham­pi­onship will be an in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion for the crew.

“The Tar­mac rounds for us will be brand new, so we re­ally can’t wait for the Cir­cuit of Ire­land and Manx – both true clas­sics and a chance to cut our teeth on Tar­mac.

“The first tar­get is al­ways to win our class and be among the lead­ing two-wheel-drive cars in the Na­tional Cup. It will be great to rub shoul­ders with the BRC crews and com­pare times with some of the classes in the main field like the guys in the R2 class.”

Ben­nett: BRC with Vaux­hall

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