Autosport (UK)

Edwards to go for third title aboard VW Polo R5

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Two-time British Rally champion Matt Edwards will contest the 2021 British Rally Championsh­ip at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo R5.

The Welshman, who won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019, has predominan­tly competed with an M-sport Ford since joining the series in 2016, but this term will jump aboard a Melvyn Evans Motorsport-run Polo.

“I’m very excited to be returning to the British Rally Championsh­ip, not only to try for a third title but also to see what this season has in store,” said the 36-year-old.

“My campaign will look very different from the last four years that’s for sure, and we have been working very hard over the winter to make sure we have the best package possible in the Volkswagen Polo. I truly believe we have the platform to go out there and get title number three.”

The BRC season is due to begin with the Nicky Grist Stages on 10 July, after the opening three rounds – the Circuit of Ireland, Tendring &

Clacton and the Jim Clark Rally – were all cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns. Last year, only the opening Cambrian Rally was held.

The popular Ulster Rally, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic and is no longer a BRC round, will go ahead this year. That event is scheduled to take place on 19-20 November.

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