Burton upon Stather's Tim Kirvan-Rodgers will start his 2016 rally season on March 12th when he contests the Malcolm Wilson rally in Cumbria.
Kirvan-Rodgers' last event was the world championship level Wales Rally GB and he took his Ford Fiesta ST to a successful finish, winning the Copart Fiesta Trophy. Following the success of the Trophy event, a full Fiesta ST Trophy championship has been formed for 2016 and the Malcolm Wilson rally is one of the rounds.
Joining Kirvan-Rodgers on the event will be co-driver Abi Haycock. Haycock, from Tredegar, is in her third season of rallying and she has competed in a wide range of events.
"I'm looking forward to competing again," said Kirvan-Rodgers. "It's been a few months since Rally GB and I'm ready to get back out on the stages."
"I enjoyed competing against the other Fiestas in the Trophy on Rally GB so I'm hoping to get the budget together to contest a few rounds of the new ST championship. We've managed to secure support from Nightingales Nursing Recruitment Agency Ltd which has allowed us to put an entry in for the Malcolm Wilson event, we'll see how things go from there."
"It will be my first event with Abi. She's only been competing for two years but she has already done several stage rallies as well as road, targa and endurance events so I am confident she'll do a good job."
"The Malcolm Wilson rally uses some of the classic stages in the Lake District such as Comb and Grizedale. It is always a tough event with the weather usually playing a major part in the results. There will be a few Fiesta STs competing so it'll be interesting to compare our times - hopefully we can get a good result."
The rally starts in the morning of 12th March and the crews will face around 45 miles of competition in the Cumbrian forests. Updates from the event will be posted on www.facebook.com/