Bentham rally driver David Wright will start his rally season next weekend when he contests round two of the BTRDA rally championship, the Malcolm Wilson rally.
Having sold the Mitsubishi Evo 9 he had used for the last three years Wright was hoping to debut his new Ford Focus WRC on the Cumbrian event but the car is awaiting engine parts so a back-up plan has been put into action.
“The pistons for the Focus are still in America with Cosworth so we’ve had to sort another car to contest the Malcolm Wilson rally,” said Wright. “We’ve got the Mitsubishi Evo 9 that we won the 2009 BTRDA title in. It’s taken a lot of work but we’ve managed to get it into pretty much the same specification as the car we used last year.”
“We’ll struggle to match the pace of the world rally class cars but we’ll be pushing hard in what are some of my favourite stages in rallying and hopefully we can target a podium finish. We’re planning to test the car ahead of the rally which should iron out any problems.”
The Evo will be supported by Kumho Tyres, Drenth, Grove Hill Garage, GPM and Owen Developments.
The Malcolm Wilson rally starts from Cockermouth on Saturday morning and the crews will be tested over some of the classic Lake District stages including Comb, Wythop and Grizedale.