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WWRS RAC CreeYorkshireman Terry Cree is hoping to challenge the Ford Escort pack in the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C Rally Championship this season with his BMW 2002.

Cree and co-driver Richard Shores will contest the opening round of the championship, the Rally Marketing Mid Wales Stages (Sunday 3 March), with a fresh engine in the German car and Cree hopes it will help him take the fight to the Pinto-powered Ford Escort Mk1s in class C3.

The Thirsk-based driver ran the BMW on a number of rallies in 2011, but only tackled one event last season after an engine problem developed when his son Ben was driving the car on the Jack Frost Stages at Croft a year ago. A fresh engine from JC Racing in Thirsk was fitted in time for a very encouraging run on the Trackrod Rally in late September, despite a moment with a tree and then a broken gear lever.

“I hope to be able to scare the Escorts,” said Cree, who enjoys continued backing from Beechwood Leisure in Thirsk. This will be the seventh season he has been supported by the family-owned caravan dealership. “The car will be fine, so it will be all down to the driver!”

Cree has an extensive rallying history in both front and rear-wheel drive cars and won his class several times on the Network Q Rally of Great Britain. Before switching to the BMW, he also rallied a Mini Cooper with considerable success in the historic arena.

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