Smith re­turns to BTRDA, but not all year

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For­mer BTRDA 1400 cham­pion Mat Smith has re­turned to the class, but is not com­mit­ted to com­pet­ing a full year in the se­ries.

Smith dom­i­nated the 1400S class by 40s on the Mal­colm Wil­son Rally, and could be out on other BTRDA events through the year, but the 2013 cham­pion is cool on a full come­back.

“I’m do­ing the SG Petch Cham­pi­onship,” said Smith. “I’ll do a few of the north­ern rounds and see how it goes. The prize [for win­ning the ti­tle] is good, to drive [Steve] Petch’s Mit­subishi Evo. We’re tak­ing each event as it comes.”

De­spite head­ing the class on the Mal­colm Wil­son Rally, it wasn’t an easy day for Smith and co-driver Derek Corn­forth, who was fill­ing in for reg­u­lar co-driver Giles Dykes.

“We broke a CV joint on the se­cond Grizedale Stage,” he said. “Two cars passed us and we lost time. I’m a bit an­noyed re­ally: we were 12th over­all at one point. I’m amazed we’re still lead­ing the class.”

Smith re­cov­ered from bro­ken CV joint to win 1400S class

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