Smith returns to BTRDA, but not all year
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.”