Rally driver Richard Sykes will get his 2010 rally season underway next weekend when he contests the Bulldog International Rally in North Wales with co-driver Simon Taylor.
Sykes, from Stourbridge, will debut his new Dulux Trade Paints, G I Sykes and Boroughbridge Marina backed Citröen C2 R2 Max on the event which is the opening round of both the British Rally Championship (BRC) and the Citröen Racing Trophy. Sykes will contest both championships in his Jam Motorsport prepared car.
The championship will see the competing crews contest six high profile international status events on both gravel forest tracks and tarmac roads, starting off in North Wales and then taking in rounds in Cumbria, Berwickshire, the Isle of Man, Ulster and Yorkshire.
"We used two cars last year, a Suzuki Swift and Peugeot 106, on both BRC and BTRDA championship events but we’ve decided to concentrate on the Citröen Racing Trophy this year," said Sykes.
"The Trophy will be contested by crews in identical cars so I expect competition will be very close. Citröen are offering a good prize fund so there’s an extra incentive to push hard."
"We're testing the car for the first time a couple of days before the rally and I’m confident that we’ll be quickly on the pace."
"Hopefully we can get a good haul of points to get our season off to a strong start."
The Bulldog Rally will be contested over 100 miles of stages and will use some of the classic Welsh rally stages such as Dyfi and Gartheiniog, more information on the event can be found at www.bulldog-rally.co.uk.
To keep up to date with Sykes and Taylor’s rally season please visit www.gisykes.co.uk.