Rodgers to Fi­esta ST Tro­phy for de­but sea­son on gravel in ’17

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Peter Scherer

El­speth Rodgers will be­come the first fe­male driver to en­ter the ST Tro­phy when she makes her gravel de­but in 2017.

The 29-year-old has just con­cluded her first sea­son of ral­ly­ing, tak­ing in sin­glev­enue events in her Ford Ka.

Now the West Sus­sex driver is aim­ing to com­plete the full ST Tro­phy sea­son with the BTRDA Mixed Sur­face cham­pi­onship.

“Next year is go­ing to be a big learn­ing curve,” said Rodgers. “Pa­cenotes, the car, gravel, it’s all new. Get­ting fin­ishes un­der the belt and push­ing more to­wards the end of the year is the plan. I was watch­ing [the ST Tro­phy] this year and the top three or four were fly­ing. That’s al­ways good to be around as it helps to bring you on too.”

Rodgers is hop­ing to com­pete in the Bri­tish and Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in the fu­ture.

Or­gan­iser: Mid­dle­sex County AC & Thame MSC When: De­cem­ber 3/4 Where: Rock­ing­ham Mo­tor Speed­way Cham­pi­onships: Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit rally Cham­pi­onship; Jelf Mo­tor­sport .com AEMC/ASEMC; RAFMSA; Gwynnespeed Rally Chal­lenge; Mid­dle­sex Chal­lenge Stages: 12 Starters: 86

Rhys Yates and Tom Wood­burn were able to play to the crowd in their Ford Fi­esta R5, as fastest time on all but one stage left them lead­ing through­out and vic­to­ri­ous by well over two min­utes. But it was max­i­mum points for Bruce Ed­wards/jim Smith’s Dar­ri­ant9 GTR in the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship con­test.

Tyre choice played a ma­jor part through­out the week­end and no more so than on the open­ing two stages.

Rodgers: On gravel in ’17

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