TRIO OF FERRARIS AT BRANDS HATCH

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Three Group 4-spec Fer­rari 308 Mich­e­lot­tos are set to com­pete in the Motorsport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship on the Brands Hatch Stages later this month.

Kevin Jones has reg­u­larly com­peted in his Wurth-liv­er­ied ex­am­ple, after work­ing for Mich­e­lotto as the lead­ing builder of the firm’s 308s through his life. He fin­ished sec­ond in the HRCR Old Stager Cham­pi­onship this year.

But, with two new cars al­most fin­ished, Jones’ son Lee will make his de­but after co-driv­ing for his fa­ther this year. And there will be plenty of com­pe­ti­tion.

“The plan so far is there’s a good chance we’ll have three for Brands, which is ex­cit­ing,” said Kevin Jones.

“One is a Pirelli-spon­sored car, and the other is a new car for my son. He’ll be run­ning one, I’ll be in the other and a cus­tomer in the third car. It’s go­ing to be a proper head-to­head and I might have to find a new co-driver for next year!”

Jones has called for the MN Cham­pi­onship to fea­ture a his­toric class for next year.

“Ab­so­lutely, it should have one [a his­toric class],” said Jones Sr. “Ev­ery rally they put on, there’s more ap­petite for the real his­toric cars than there is for some of the Milling­ton cars. You’ve got to have a his­toric class, even if it’s just one class. If the weather’s tricky – which it is on the win­ter events most of the time, a Mini would beat the Fer­rari any­way. So you don’t have to class it.”

MN Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship co-or­di­na­tor Darren Spann reck­ons if there’s enough in­ter­est, the cham­pi­onship would hap­pily con­sider a his­toric el­e­ment.

“With­out ques­tion we’d con­sider a his­toric class if the in­ter­est was there,” said Spann. “When we started the cham­pi­onship the tracks we vis­ited weren’t well known for hav­ing a lot of his­toric en­trants. We also didn’t want to step on any of the other cham­pi­onship’s toes by tak­ing en­tries for them.

“It’s def­i­nitely some­thing we’d con­sider, but it would likely have to come with spon­sor­ship so that we can award a prize. I think for a class like that the com­peti­tor needs some­thing to com­pete for.”

Photo: M & H Pho­tog­ra­phy

Jones be­lieves series needs a his­toric class

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