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The Toy­ota name will re­turn to the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship for the first time since the sea­son opener in Mid Wales when Will Corry con­tests the Ul­ster Rally later this month in a GT86 CS-R3.

North­ern Ir­ish­man Corry reg­u­larly com­petes in tar­gas and his­toric rac­ing events in an MG but is known in ral­ly­ing cir­cles for his Rally Amer­ica ex­ploits in a Group N-spec Subaru Im­preza. “It’s a very good op­por­tu­nity, it’s such a lovely thing to drive,” said Corry, who sam­pled the GT86 CS-R3 at Chol­monde­ley Pageant of Power and the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed ear­lier this year.

Co-driver Bryn­mor Pierce works with car builder TMG and Rally Prep, which looks af­ter the car in the UK. He be­lieves get­ting Corry in the car is a coup for all in­volved.

Pierce said: “It will give every­body a boost re­ally to see what it can do on an as­phalt event. Will has ex­pe­ri­ence in the Rally Amer­ica Cham­pi­onship and he is a good driver.”

Corry is hop­ing an out­ing on the Ul­ster will lead to a fur­ther run on Rally Isle of Man, which closes the 2016 Bri­tish cham­pi­onship sea­son in midSeptem­ber. A full cam­paign in the series in 2017 is also a tar­get depending on bud­get.

The Toy­ota Corry will use on the Ul­ster Rally had been ear­marked for Robert Wood­side for the Done­gal Rally in June but the deal fell through due to his business com­mit­ments.

Jour­nal­ist Chris Harris and Pierce com­peted on the Mid Wales back in March in what was the car’s com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tional de­but. They fin­ished in 30th over­all af­ter the car suf­fered bat­tery prob­lems.

The Toy­ota GT86 is the only ho­molo­gated rear-wheel-drive R3 car.

MN un­der­stands that a num­ber of drivers are in talks over us­ing the Toy­ota for the rest of 2016 and for the 2017 sea­son.

GT86 re­turns with Corry at the wheel Bryn­mor Pierce

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