Nay­lor and Lawrence back to BTRDA in NR4

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BTRDA NR4 and Pro­duc­tion Cup-win­ning duo Pat Nay­lor and Ian Lawrence will re­turn for an at­tack on the cat­e­gories af­ter a year out of ral­ly­ing.

Nay­lor and Lawrence sealed the two ti­tles in 2015, be­fore look­ing to sell their Mit­subishi Lancer E9. How­ever, they elected to keep the car and re­turn to the NR4 Class on the Cam­brian this week­end.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” said Nay­lor. “I was talk­ing to Aaron Mcclure about it re­cently.

“We went test­ing for the first time ever last week­end. I was say­ing to him ‘I’m a bit con­cerned I may have for­got­ten what to do!’

“The car’s had a huge re­build so we were test­ing it and the tyres to make sure every­thing is OK be­fore the event.”

Nay­lor ad­mit­ted to MN that he’d kept a close eye on how the cham­pi­onships played out last year and be­lieves it will be a close bat­tle for the ti­tle, which was won in 2016 by fel­low Lancer duo Russ Thomp­son and Andy Mur­phy.

“We were fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion last year,” added Nay­lor. “Andy Davies stepped up and was re­ally com­pet­i­tive, Russ [Thomp­son] is fast and didn’t have it his own way, Aaron [Mcclure] was fast but had too many prob­lems and Rich Hill is al­ways quick. Sacha [Kakad] is get­ting faster and faster, it’s go­ing to be the most com­pet­i­tive time we’ve been in for eight years or so.

“I spoke to Roland Llewellin and he said he may be back later in the year, and we don’t know whether to be­lieve the ru­mours that Tom Naughton might re­turn at some point. Blimey, if those two come back it will be ul­tra com­pet­i­tive! It just shows that the show­room class is a good one to be in.”

The class fea­tures 11 cars on the Cam­brian Rally alone with more ex­pected to join as the se­ries pro­gresses through the year.

Lancer pair­ing are set for com­pet­i­tive re­turn in 2017 CAM­BRIAN PREVIEW

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