It is looking unlikely that British Rally Championship contender Matt Cotton will be able to continue his assault on the British Rally Championship, due to lack of funds. After encouraging results on the first three rounds of the series, the Cornishman is devastated not to be starting the Jim Clark International Rally and continuing in the series.
“We had anticipated further funding coming in at this stage of the season, but it just hasn’t materialised”, said Matt. “We have been working hard to try and secure backing for over 12 months, but it seems the economy is taking its toll on many businesses and their advertising budgets”.
Co-driven by Glyn Thomas from North Somerset, the pairing had produced strong finishes on the first 3 rounds of the championship to leave them 3rd overall in the Fiesta Sporting Trophy and 14th overall in the British Rally Championship at the half way stage of the season.
“The results we have had make the decision so much harder and I am very encouraged with the increase of pace on each event” said Matt. “But the financial risks necessary to complete the series are too great and I really have no other option but to withdraw at this stage. I really hope we can return to the championship very soon.”
The Matt Cotton Rallying team still hope to attend the remaining events in the calendar to support their fellow AVS Motorsport team mates and continue fundraising for the Rallying4CancerResearch campaign.
Matt and Glyn would like to thank Rally Collection UK, AVS Motorsport, Dogcam Sport, Firstclass Technologies and PIAA for their support.