Metro Cup cham­pion Rush­worth heads to Hot Hatch

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Metro Cup cham­pion Ben Rush­worth will switch to the 750 Mo­tor Club’s Hot Hatch cham­pi­onship in 2017, stick­ing with his Metro.

The 34-year-old from West Sus­sex was crowned Metro Cup cham­pion this year as the se­ries moved to a uni­fied class struc­ture. Pre­vi­ously it had been pos­si­ble to win a class and the over­all ti­tle.

Rush­worth was a com­plete novice en­ter­ing the cham­pi­onship and taught him­self com­puter aided de­sign to help build his car. The over­all speed of the Hot Hatch cars is what at­tracted him.

“I was look­ing at Hot Hatch be­cause it’s a fast se­ries and the lap times are re­ally im­pres­sive,” he said. “There’s also the free­dom of the rules: you can do a lot with the cars.

“It’s more of a per­sonal chal­lenge turn­ing a car that isn’t a high per­for­mance ve­hi­cle and mak­ing it com­pet­i­tive. I’m only in­ter­ested in be­ing first on the road, class wins are great and have their place but I want to fight at the front. My tar­get was al­ways to come in and win the cham­pi­onship. Now we’ve done that, it’s time to move on.”

The 2016 cham­pion is 750MC bound

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