Reynolds to BTRDA for the Plains in ex-gron­holm Ford Fo­cus WRC

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Ju­lian Reynolds will com­pete in the lat­est round of the BTRDA – the Plains Rally – in an ex-mar­cus Gron­holm Wales Rally Gb-win­ning Ford Fo­cus WRC.

The car, which won GB in 2006, has been driven by Guy Smith in the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship and also by Reynolds on the Red Kite, but the Welsh­man will make his re­turn to the BTRDA with the in­tent to com­pete a full cham­pi­onship next year.

“We’re just tak­ing it event by event at the mo­ment,” said Reynolds. “I’m think­ing about do­ing the BTRDA next year and I thought I’d bet­ter get back out as I haven’t com­peted on gravel in a four-wheel-drive car for seven or eight years.”

His last out­ing came af­ter a third place fin­ish in the ANCRO rally stand­ings in 2008, in a Subaru Im­preza S4 WRC.

Reynolds fin­ished sec­ond on the Red Kite in Fe­bru­ary to David Bo­gie, who was warm­ing up for the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship in his Skoda Fabia R5. Reynolds said the BRC had ap­pealed.

“Of course I would have liked to do the BRC but it’s a dif­fer­ent bud­get all to­gether,” he added. “The BTRDA has good events and is sim­i­lar to the old ANCRO se­ries that I used to com­pete in.”

Gra­ham Cof­fey will also re­turn for only his sec­ond BTRDA event of the sea­son in his ex-mads Ost­berg Ford Fi­esta RS WRC, hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond on the Rally Na­tional de la Lys in France two week­ends ago with An­drew Roug­head on the notes.

Six Wrc-spec cars will line up on the rally in to­tal, in an event that has drawn 160 en­tries, the high­est of any BTRDA event so far this sea­son.

Reynolds man­aged sec­ond on the Red Kite Stages

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