Vardy close to seal­ing B10 ti­tle in Fi­esta R2

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Bob Vardy could give his Ford Fi­esta R2 its sec­ond BTRDA B10 cham­pi­onship vic­tory in a row after ac­quir­ing the car at the start of the year.

The Ch­ester­field driver bought the car from lo­cal friend Rhys Yates, who has moved up into the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship. Vardy has man­aged two class wins in the BTRDA in the car which Yates steered to last year’s cham­pi­onship.

One of his clos­est ti­tle ri­vals Kit Leigh – in a more pow­er­ful Fi­esta R200 – re­tired from the Nicky Grist Stages giv­ing Vardy a 35-point lead in the cham­pi­onship over James Hutch­ings with 40 points on of­fer.

“Kit Leigh re­tired so it was good for the cham­pi­onship sit­u­a­tion,” said Vardy.

“It was good, Kit was the tar­get as he’s al­ways been quicker than me but we took a fair bit out of him here. The morn­ing was good, the af­ter­noon was so rough I was wor­ried about the car, I was just keep­ing it clean.”

Vardy – part­nered by Si­mon John Rogers – will com­pete on the next two rounds, the Wood­pecker in Septem­ber and the Track­rod in Oc­to­ber.

Vardy could take ti­tle with five points on the Wood­pecker Rally

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