Craig Drew re­turns to na­tional ral­ly­ing

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Co-driver Craig Drew re­turned to a na­tional cham­pi­onship event for the first time since 2013 when he part­nered Damian Cole on the Harry Flat­ters Rally last week­end.

The duo over­came a first-stage off to win the event, which they last won to­gether in 2010 in Cole’s 2005-spec Ford Fo­cus WRC on their way to that year’s MSA As­phalt cham­pi­onship.

Drew now co-drives for David Hig­gins and Subaru in the Rally Amer­ica cham­pi­onship, but with that series on a long break it proved to be an ideal time for him to re­turn in Cole’s Ford Fi­esta RS WRC.

“I started with Damian in 2007 in his Hyundai, so we did bits and pieces but in 2010 we did the Tar­mac cham­pi­onship to­gether and won that,” ex­plained Drew.

“We’ve al­ways kept in touch and we’ve done one-off events. He asked me if I’d do an event this year and it tal­lies with a break in our cham­pi­onship in Amer­ica. I asked Subaru nicely and it went from there.”

The duo would have taken a win on the Tour of Epynt in 2013, Drew’s last event be­fore Wales Rally GB in 2015, but for a tie-break.

“We fin­ished on a tie-break with Steve Simp­son but he won as he was quicker on the first stage,” he added. “Be­fore that the last time I did it was Flat­ters in 2010 which we won. A six-year break be­tween wins!”

Hig­gins and Drew lead the Rally Amer­ica standings by 27 points over Troy Miller. The 2016 series con­cludes with the Ojibwe For­est Rally and the Lake Su­pe­rior Per­for­mance Rally.

Drew (l), with Hig­gins, re­turned

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