Gill re­turns to Bri­tish cham­pi­onship af­ter nine years out

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For­mer Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship reg­u­lar Rob Gill will re­turn to the Pirelli Carlisle Rally for the first time since 2007 next week­end.

Gill con­tested Rally GB last year af­ter a six-year break from com­pe­ti­tion, driv­ing Stephen Petch’s WD40backed Ford Fi­esta R5. Petch uses the car in the BTRDA with a two-litre en­gine, which has to be con­verted back to the ho­molo­gated 1.6-litre for the BRC 1 class.

“The Pirelli is a bril­liant rally,” said Gill. “All the big names have won there, your Mcraes, Vata­nens etc. It’s prob­a­bly the fastest piece of man-made for­est in Europe.”

Gill is hop­ing to com­pete on more BRC events this year: “I’d love to do every round but ob­vi­ously it de­pends on bud­get and time. I have great mem­o­ries of the Scot­tish and the Manx, the Manx is a leg­endary event.

“It’s no fluke top driv­ers come and com­pete in the BRC. It’s on the up.”

Gill: Rally GB in 2015 in R5

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