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For­mer BTRDA com­peti­tor Kevin Rowledge will re­turn to the BTRDA after ob­tain­ing a Citroen DS 3 R5.

Rowledge’s last sea­son in the BTRDA was 2013 in a Subaru Im­preza, but the driver will re­turn to ac­tion with the Chal­lenger Stages at Bov­ing­ton on Novem­ber 20 be­fore he com­petes in next year’s gravel se­ries.

“I took three years out to put my kids through kart­ing so they’ve done the Bri­tish cham­pi­onship and things like that,” ex­plained Rowledge. “The old­est one has stopped and the youngest is go­ing to do ad hoc week­ends.

“I’ve lined up a few sin­gle venues to get back into it, my old­est [Zak] is 14 so he can nav­i­gate for me on sin­gle venues. It won’t be bad for him to sit in a DS 3 R5!”

The DS 3 will be pre­pared by Melvyn Evans Mo­tor­sport, which re­cently pur­chased a car for Melvyn Evans.

Rowledge plans to also com­pete in Ire­land with the car, where the DS 3 has won events in the hands of Craig Breen and Keith Cronin.

“I’m go­ing to have an as­sault on Ire­land with Melvyn Evans run­ning the car, and then we’ll drop back into the BTRDA and have some fun on gravel too,” added Rowledge.

“We’ll com­pete on oc­ca­sions in Ire­land, we’ll have a good go. It’s proper ral­ly­ing over there. The Citroen is a proper R5 car. I knew it was com­ing so I’ve been train­ing a lot.

“I heard that they’re a young man’s car, you re­ally have to take them by the scuff of the neck!”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, KG Ral­lyp­ics, Kevin Money

Rowledge will com­pete in Ire­land, where Cronin won

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