Swift one-make se­ries launches for 2017

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The or­gan­iser be­hind the Suzuki Swift Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship – Peter Gwynne Mo­tor­sport – has launched a one-make rally cham­pi­onship based on the same for­mula.

The Swift Shin­ing Stars Rally Se­ries runs Group N Suzuki Swifts and has ex­tremely tight reg­u­la­tions to keep the cars in line. The or­gan­is­ers can switch the ECUS in the cars at any point, and have man­dated sealed en­gines and gear­boxes and a min­i­mum car/driver weight.

An eight-round se­ries with Tar­mac and gravel events has been drafted, which in­cludes a visit to the Isle of Man.

Se­ries or­gan­iser, Sarah Wat­son, is hope­ful that the se­ries can pro­vide the next step for driv­ers on a ca­reer path to ei­ther ral­ly­ing or ral­ly­cross.

“There was plenty of in­ter­est for it at the [Au­tosport] show, and for 2018 too,” she said. “We’ve got two ju­niors [Ju­nior For­mula 1000 com­peti­tors] look­ing at it for the year af­ter al­ready.

“The­o­ret­i­cally you could do ral­ly­ing and ral­ly­cross next year as none of our dates clash. It’s our hope that when these young­sters come in they give both a go and they can get some cross­over from it. Also, peo­ple who are ral­ly­ing, if they strug­gle for funds at any point, they can hire their car out for ral­ly­cross to earn some money back.”

Four driv­ers have signed up for the se­ries so far.

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