CHAM­PION EYES MORE MIT­SUBISHI MAGIC

Track­rod podium for York­shire­man prompts quest for Bar­ba­dos trip with rare Lancer

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Ryan Cham­pion has tar­geted an out­ing in Bar­ba­dos af­ter a podium fin­ish on last week­end’s Track­rod Rally York­shire.

Cham­pion re­turned to the Dalby for­est event 10 years af­ter he headed off the likes of Mark Hig­gins, Jonny Mil­ner and Gwyn­daf Evans for the vic­tory when it was a round of the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship.

He won the Track­rod in a Group N Mit­subishi Lancer in 2006, and re­turned to the event in Tris­tan Bai­ley’s Lancer WRC 04, be­lieved to be the only ex­am­ple of the car still in use.

Now Cham­pion is hop­ing to re­turn to one of his favourite events – Rally Bar­ba­dos – in the car.

“We’re cer­tainly go­ing to see what we can do in terms of Bar­ba­dos,” said Cham­pion. “It’s an event I’ve done be­fore and one I’d like to do again. We’re go­ing to talk about it, whether it’s pos­si­ble or not, we’ll look into it but it would cer­tainly be nice to do it.”

When asked if he would com­pete again this year, Cham­pion said: “I’ll pay the bills for this week­end first!”

Cham­pion strug­gled early on Satur­day’s Track­rod as the Lancer suf­fered from low turbo boost, but once the prob­lem was rec­ti­fied, the York­shire­man had the car – run Dom De­laney’s SVP or­gan­i­sa­tion – scor­ing fastest stage times. He beat the BTRDA reg­u­lars, in­clud­ing a host of Ford Fi­esta R5 and S2000s, to fastest time through the tricky Dalby stage.

“I had a cou­ple of spins, it’s prob­a­bly a cou­ple of things, me over­driv­ing and me try­ing to make up a lot of time with the turbo is­sues,” said Cham­pion, once a fac­tory driver for Mit­subishi in the BRC.

“We had an over­shoot in Dalby and a quick visit to the un­der­growth. But apart from that we had a clean run at the stage. We were within a sec­ond of Char­lie [Payne] on the last two stages, and there’s quite a bit of dif­fer­ence in the tech­nol­ogy to Char­lie’s car.

“There’s def­i­nitely more to come from me and the car to­gether.”

Bai­ley and SVP owner De­laney are hop­ing to rent out the car again af­ter Cham­pion proved its pace.

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