Strong en­try for Cam­brian sea­son opener

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The Cam­brian kick starts the BTRDA sea­son this week­end with one of the strong­est en­try lists the event has ever had, boast­ing a num­ber of one-off and Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship hope­fuls in ad­di­tion to the prospec­tive BTRDA fron­trun­ners.

Last year’s run­ner-up Luke Francis is car one in his rapid, light­weight B13 Mit­subishi Lancer E9. Last year’s Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship run­nerup, Tom Cave, is seeded sec­ond. Cave is on the warpath to win this event, which he told MN re­cently was one of the only ma­jor events in Wales he hasn’t won. He’s en­listed a Subaru Im­preza S14 WRC.

His BRC ri­val David Bo­gie is just be­hind in a Skoda Fabia R5. Last year’s Cam­brian win­ner will need ev­ery ounce of fa­mil­iar­ity to over­turn Cave with the ex­tra horses un­der the hood of the Welsh­man’s Subaru. The BRC’S favourite builder Desi Henry will also be there or there abouts in his Skoda. What’s for cer­tain is this will be a rapid bat­tle to the end.

Hugh Hunter will likely lack the ma­chin­ery to com­pete for the win at car five, in his 2002spec Ford Fo­cus WRC, while Stephen Petch could be a podium threat in what­ever kind of Fi­esta he ar­rives at the Cam­brian with. Rhys Yates at car eight is also worth keep­ing an eye on with new co-driver Carl Wil­liamson the only change from

last year.

Bo­gie: favourite

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