Mor­row en­ters Mid Wales with hopes of more BRC out­ings in 2016

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For­mer Mit­subishi UK Team driver Phillip Mor­row hopes that a strong show­ing on the Mid Wales Stages Rally will open the door to a deal that would al­low him to do the full Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

Mor­row is en­tered for the open­ing round of the re­launched se­ries and has con­firmed his place among the starters for April’s Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally driv­ing his 10-year-old, ti­tlewin­ning Mit­subishi Lancer E9.

Be­yond that, the Lis­burn man is non-com­mit­tal, al­though he ad­mits an of­fer to pi­lot an R5-spec car in the cham­pi­onship would make the de­ci­sion much eas­ier. “I’m a com­pet­i­tive per­son, per­haps one of the most com­pet­i­tive you will ever meet and if we can beat a few R5s on the Mid Wales Rally it might make peo­ple sit up and take note,” he said. “If we get talk­ing to the right peo­ple maybe we could do a deal on one or chat to some­one who has an R5 but can’t drive it be­cause they have other com­mit­ments with work.

“That’s what I’m aim­ing for but I go to the open­ing round un­der no pres­sure be­cause I’m seen by many as an un­der­dog. I know a few of the stages and I’m fa­mil­iar with my car so hope­fully we can go and do well.”

Mor­row clinched the Mit­subishi Ralliart Evo­lu­tion Chal­lenge in 2007, which led to a works drive with the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer. How­ever, he was dropped and re­placed by Gwyn­daf Evans fol­low­ing ac­ci­dents in Scot­land and the Isle of Man.

He warmed up for the Mid Wales Stages by tak­ing part in Jan­uary’s Ice­breaker Rally but crashed out while lead­ing, the cause be­ing a faulty selec­tor fork that caused the car to jump out of gear.

Mor­row won the Evo Chal­lenge in 2007 and will re­turn to BRC

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