BAI­LEY BACK IN RARE EVO JACK BENYON

NA­TIONAL RAL­LY­ING EDI­TOR “The Glens stage was, and is, some­thing else”

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Cad­well Park re­port, p27 LEAD­ING EN­TRIES Som­er­set Stages, BTRDA Rally Se­ries round three of eight

Tris­tan Bai­ley will start at car seven for this week­end’s Som­er­set Stages Rally in an ex-works test car.

The Mit­subishi Lancer WRC04 driver last com­peted on Wales Rally GB Na­tional in 2014, fin­ish­ing fourth, but a house move and per­sonal com­mit­ments have kept him away.

“Last time out was GB in 2014 and that was a big one for us fi­nan­cially,” said Bai­ley, who will be co-driven by James How. “Ral­ly­ing had to take a back seat un­for­tu­nately.”

He won the Corinium and TSH Stages in 2013 in the car, which is be­lieved com­peted on the 2004 Monte Carlo rally and was used as a works test car. It’s al­sothought to be the last Lancer left in WRC04 spec.

“The car is ac­tu­ally chas­sis num­ber two, there were two test cars built,” added Bai­ley.

The 2014 GB Na­tional didn’t go to plan for Bai­ley and in­volved a six hour round- trip to pre­parer MML. Parts were needed for an ail­ing gear­box. Bai­ley is hop­ing the Som­er­set Stages is more straight­for­ward.

“Just a fin­ish would be great,” he said. “We’ve had some good re­sults on Tar­mac but we’ve al­ways been a bit be­hind on gravel. She has some dif­fi­cult quirks!”

Also re­turn­ing for the event is Steven Clark in his Lancer E6. He fin­ished fourth on the Scot­tish Rally, his last out­ing.

Cham­pi­onship leader Char­lie Payne will head the Mine­head­based Som­er­set Stages away on Satur­day, April 16, in his Ford Fi­esta, with re­cent Rally North Wales win­ner Luke Fran­cis sec­ond on the road in his Mit­subishi.

Thomas Pre­ston will give the Skoda Fabia R5 its first taste of BTRDA com­pe­ti­tion with Jack Mor­ton on the notes, while Mar­tyn Eng­land will also give a gravel de­but to the Ford Fi­esta R5 two-litre.

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