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Jamie An­der­son will switch to the CA1 Sport team for his as­sault on the 2017 Bri­tish Rally Championship, with a new Ford Fi­esta R5.

An­der­son com­peted in an R5 car and wrote pacenotes for the first time in 2016 hav­ing pre­vi­ously com­peted in the BTRDA Rally Se­ries.

Run­ning with MSL, the Mid­lands-based driver scored a best fin­ish of sixth in the BRC on the Scot­tish Rally and set com­pet­i­tive times on Wales Rally GB against WRC2 driv­ers.

“It’s a big change for us to go there [to CA1],” said An­der­son. “We had so many short­falls in our team last year and when you’re run­ning against your­self all year [with­out com­pe­ti­tion] we had no-one to con­tend with.

“CA1 Sport will fill the gap in what we need to make the next step. The new car is up there now, it’s a 2016 car.”

An­der­son ran Miche­lins in the BRC last year be­fore switch­ing to DMACKS for Rally GB. He says that they’ll go with what­ever CA1 Sport de­cide in that depart­ment.

“It de­pends on what CA1 are go­ing to do,” added An­der­son. “We’re in with them for the whole pack­age, that’s part and par­cel of what you sign up for and be­ing part of a team.”

CA1 Sport fin­ished se­cond in the teams’ stand­ings to the Au­totek-run DMACK squad, which won’t re­turn in 2017, and was the only team other than DMACK to win a BRC event with Swede Fredrik Ah­lin, also in a Ford Fi­esta R5. The squad – headed up by ex-m-sport en­gi­neer Martin Wilkin­son – will an­nounce the team’s full line-up in the com­ing weeks.

Wilkin­son said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Jamie on­board for 2017. We want to run him the same as the other driv­ers. When he came to me that was one of the sug­ges­tions.

“Yes, we could run him and, yes, we had the ca­pac­ity, but it had to be on the same level play­ing field as the other driv­ers in that we do what we do [work on the car] and he can con­cen­trate on the notes and his driv­ing. He’ll have all the ad­vice he needs and hope­fully a re­laxed at­mos­phere back in the ser­vice park to al­low him to pre­pare.”

Pho­tos: Kevin Money, Dun­can Lit­tler, Paul Lawrence

An­der­son switches to CA1 Sport in ’17 Whit­tock (l) and An­der­son (r)

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