CEEN BROTHERS TO GB IN MSL FI­ESTA R5s

GROUP RAL­LY­ING ED­I­TOR

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Rally GB sup­ple­ment, p13

Brothers Bob and Richard Ceen will re­turn to ral­ly­ing ac­tion on the In­ter­na­tional sec­tion of Wales Rally GB in Msl-run Ford Fi­esta R5s, both after a year out of com­pe­ti­tion.

Bob was Welsh cham­pion and earned a free en­try last year, but re­tired from the event with me­chan­i­cal trou­ble on his Subaru Im­preza S9 WRC.

Richard last com­peted on the For­est of Dean Mo­tor Club Time Trial at Sweet Lamb in his Ford Fo­cus WRC05, fin­ish­ing fifth in Au­gust 2015.

Richard is a ma­jor part of the Ral­ly4wales ef­fort, which has suc­ceeded in a bid to re­pair roads after na­tional ral­lies in Wales, ef­fec­tively sav­ing the sport from a fee hike of over 90 per cent.

Both cars will run in Ral­ly4wales colours. Richard said: “We’re happy with the out­come, but some peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to seem to think that’s it, that the sit­u­a­tion is re­solved. There’s still a long way to go, a lot of meet­ings and con­tracts to be signed. It’s a start, but I don’t think the sport re­alises how close we were to los­ing ral­ly­ing in Wales.”

Bob Ceen has been busy with work com­mit­ments but is look­ing for­ward to an in­ter­na­tional re­turn.

“It was a bit of a last minute op­por­tu­nity that came about,” said Ceen. “I haven’t done the in­ter­na­tional on GB since 2002 and it’s 25 years since I first did the in­ter­na­tional. I did it ev­ery year from 1999-2002.”

It’s the first time both driv­ers have driven left-hand-drive cars in com­pe­ti­tion.

MSL – which is run by Richard’s daugh­ter Sarah and hus­band Matt – run R5s for a va­ri­ety of driv­ers in na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. It has run John Mac­crone in the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship as well as Jamie An­der­son in the BRC and cars in the Nor­we­gian cham­pi­onship this year.

Bob Ceen won Welsh cham­pi­onship in 2015

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