Reynolds skips BTRDA with ex­pen­sive Fo­cus

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Ju­lian Reynolds has elected to pull the plug on an at­tack on the BTRDA Rally Se­ries in his Ford Fo­cus WRC08 af­ter put­ting the car up for sale.

Reynolds, a reg­u­lar fron­trun­ner in na­tional ral­ly­ing and run­ner-up on last year’s Plains and Red Kite ral­lies, reck­ons the Fo­cus is too costly to run.

“I had a big plan, af­ter two rounds last year, that we’d have a big at­tempt at the cham­pi­onship this year,” said Reynolds. “The Fo­cus is just a bit be­yond me. I love driv­ing it and it’s the best car I’ve driven. Ob­vi­ously we’re com­pet­i­tive in it, but the hours I’d have to work to use it is be­yond me. I’ve stuck it up for sale to see what hap­pens re­ally.”

The Fo­cus won Wales Rally GB in the hands of Mar­cus Gron­holm, and also won the 2016 Jack Frost Stages in the hands of works Bent­ley GT driver Guy Smith.

Reynolds could re­turn in 2018 in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent car al­to­gether.

“I’ve got an old Evo [Mit­subishi Lancer E6] recce car,” added Reynolds. “We tested that the other day and had a lot of fun in it, I’m tempted to go and get an Evo 9 [Lancer E9] and make a B13 [spec­i­fi­ca­tion]. But it prob­a­bly won’t be this year now as my son has just started kart­ing.”

Reg­u­lar fron­trun­ner Reynolds reck­ons Fo­cus is ex­pen­sive to run

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