Laf­fey signs with M-sport for BRC cam­paign

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Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tor Alex Laf­fey is re­turn­ing to the cham­pi­onship for 2017 as one of M-sport’s works-backed en­tries.

The 27-year-old Scot fin­ished 14th in the points last year, but is tar­get­ing a top 10 this season.

“Last year we had a cou­ple of top 10s on the Tar­mac rounds and I think ev­ery other round we were 11th, which was a pain,” said Laf­fey. “I think we’re look­ing to be more con­sis­tently in the top 10, and then try and get an over­all top 10 at the end of the year would be per­fect for me, build­ing on last year.”

Laf­fey moves from CA1 Sport to M-sport. He says the time was right to make a switch.

“Martin [Wilkin­son, CA1 boss] has been great, it’s been awe­some work­ing with them and I’ve learned a lot from him and Alan [Causey, work­shop man­ager] as well as ev­ery­one who works there,” said Laf­fey.

“When I first started out I was with M-sport in a Ford Fi­esta ST so I’ve al­ways had good con­nec­tions with them. My man­age­ment team put the deal to­gether when we heard M-sport were do­ing some­thing a bit more sub­stan­tial so we thought it was good tim­ing.”

The new-for-2016 BRC was one of the rea­sons Laf­fey wants to re­turn, hav­ing been im­pressed with the new cham­pi­onship.

“It had its is­sues on some of the rounds, but over­all the ex­pe­ri­ence was good,” he added. “It felt high- pro­file, it felt like it was back and proper again. I did it in 2013 and back then it was dread­ful, it was like go­ing to any other rally ex­cept you’re pay­ing a for­tune for it.”

Laf­fey will com­pete in the same car as he did last year, his Ford Fi­esta R5, and will be part­nered by new co-driver Dai Roberts. He’ll run on Pirelli tyres.

MN un­der­stands that Keith Cronin, who is in talks with the M-sport out­fit over a works-backed en­try in the BRC to cre­ate a two-car M-sport team, is still in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Cum­brian firm.

Laf­fey gets M-sport back­ing for BRC and switches from CA1

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