Evans And Vatanen In British Title Challenge With DMACK

Evans And Vatanen In British Title Challenge With DMACK

The DMACK British Rally Team will kick off its first ever challenge for the MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) title when Elfyn Evans and Max Vatanen hope to repeat history on the Mid Wales Stages next weekend.

The two drivers are aiming to follow in the footsteps of their fathers, both former British rally champions, as they tackle the UK’s revitalised premier rally series.

Welshman Evans, from Dolgellau in mid-Wales, and co-driver Craig Parry have had a stunning start to their season so far, taking WRC 2 victory on both rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship this year. Armed with a little local knowledge, Evans is hoping the switch to gravel will help him continue that form when the Newtown-based event gets into gear on Saturday evening.

His father Gwyndaf was crowned British champion 20 years ago in 1996 and Evans will be aiming to get his campaign off to the best possible start at the wheel of his Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5 Evo.

The iconic Vatanen name will also make an historic return to the Welsh forest stages next week. Forty years after rally legend, former world champion and current DMACK brand ambassador Ari Vatanen claimed the British title, his 25-year-old son Max will tackle the series.

Co-driven by Jacques-Julien Renucci, Finnish-born Vatanen is stepping up to four-wheel-drive for the first time and will be aiming to build both his speed and experience as the championship progresses.

Both Fiesta R5s will be equipped with the latest generation DMACK tyres in a selection of patterns and compounds specifically designed to tackle the wet, muddy forest tracks. The opening round of the BRC features a number of stages through the Hafren and Myherin forest complexes, including the iconic Sweet Lamb test, to the south-west of Newtown.

After pre-event reconnaissance next Friday, the event starts on Saturday evening with two night stages covering 25.67 miles. Sunday offers two loops of two stages, punctuated by a service halt in Newtown, covering an additional 42.35 miles before finish podium celebrations at 3pm.

Alongside the main series, the high-anticipated DMACK Junior BRC has attracted 16 entries from UK, Belgium, Sweden and Australia. With the winner awarded a WRC scholarship into the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in 2017, the championship is set to deliver some supreme battles among the stars of tomorrow.

This year’s invigorated BRC is promising to be one of the most exciting championships in recent years with the UK’s top events across England, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales promising a fierce challenge.

Elfyn Evans said: “The BRC has attracted a really competitive entry and I’m looking forward to starting our campaign on my home event in Wales. We’ve had a strong start to the season in WRC 2 so hopefully I can continue that form. However, the mid-Wales forests are fast, tough and unpredictable, and there are some very quick and experienced drivers, so it will certainly be an exciting event.”

Max Vatanen said: “I’ve been looking forward to the first BRC event for months. This is a great opportunity for me and, as it’s my first time in a four-wheel-drive car, it will also be a big learning season – but I’m ready for the challenge. I’ve been working at M-Sport to learn as much as possible about the Fiesta R5 and am looking forward to working alongside Elfyn during the year.”

2016-02-26

Evans And Vatanen In British Title Challenge With DMACK
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