Cham­pion re­united with win­ning Lancer E9

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Ryan Cham­pion has been re­united with the car he used to win the Pirelli Carlisle and Track­rod ral­lies in 2006 af­ter buy­ing the ma­chine from KG in Ire­land.

Cham­pion won the Pirelli as part of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship on his way to sec­ond in the stand­ings, be­fore win­ning his lo­cal Track­rod. Both events were in­ter­na­tional.

Cham­pion also al­ready owns an ex-piero Li­atti and Di­dier Au­riol Group A WRC Subaru Im­preza, but wanted a car he could rally more reg­u­larly as the Im­preza in­creases in value.

“I don’t want to do many ral­lies in the Subaru any­more, so with the Evo I can do ral­lies in it and use it, but it still has a bit of his­tory too,” Cham­pion said.

“The car is spe­cial given that we won two in­ter­na­tional ral­lies in it. If it was any Evo 9 then I wouldn’t have been as in­ter­ested in buy­ing it. But it’s def­i­nitely part of my ral­ly­ing ca­reer and it’s still in the orig­i­nal liv­ery and looks the part.”

Cham­pion plans to com­pete on the Whitby and Dis­trict-run Riponian Rally on Fe­bru­ary 19.

“If the Riponian goes al­right and the car is re­li­able we’re prob­a­bly go­ing to take it to the Mal­colm Wil­son Rally too,” he added.

Craig Thor­ley – who first co-drove for Cham­pion in 1992 and nav­i­gated on the 2006 Pirelli and Track­rod wins – will re­join Cham­pion for the Riponian.

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