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WWR15 pre-Red KiteThe West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship will burst into life on the Red Kite Stages (Sunday 1 February) with the first of eight rounds for the championship aimed at clubman competitors.

The championship, organised by the Roger Albert Clark Rally Motor Club, will run in parallel to the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and is aimed at the clubmen historic crews as well as those running in the Open Category. With containing costs for clubmen as a prime aim, the championship runs to a six-tyre rule on all events.

The WWRS R.A.C. Championship covers seven first class gravel rallies as well as the Harry Flatters Rally on the asphalt of the Epynt ranges.

Notable contenders lining up this weekend include several Category 1 crews as well as crews from Category 2 and 3 in 1600cc cars, while more contenders are expecting to start their campaigns on round two of the championship, the Mid Wales Stages (Sunday 1 March).

In Category 1, the battle is likely to be between the Lotus Cortinas of Bob Bean/Malcolm Smithson and Gwilym Roberts/Don James along with the Volvo PV544 of Ian Beveridge/Paul Price. Category 2 contenders include the Ford Escorts of Malcolm Bayliss/Siobhan Pugh and Stuart Cariss/Linda Cariss, while in Category 3 the contest is between David Hopkins/Tony Vart (Talbot Sunbeam) and Keith Davison/Henry Richardson (Chrysler Avenger).

The Open Category features three leading crews from the 2014 season including defending champions Simon and Alister Crook in their stunning Opel Manta 400. They will be keen to get their title bid off to a strong start after a non-finish a year ago.

Leading the chase of the Crook brothers will be the Ford Escort Mk2 of Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance and Layton Waters/Kevin Bowcott (Toyota Starlet), who won the Open Category on the 2014 Red Kite. However, the real dark horse should be championship newcomer Phil Burton with Mal Capstick co-driving in the very rapid Ford Escort Mk2.

The rally will be based in Llandovery with Rally HQ at the Castle Hotel and the central service area at the adjoining Llandovery Mart. The first car will start at 8.30am on Sunday and return to the finish just after 2pm.

The Red Kite Stages is organised by the Amman and District Motor Club. For more details about the event please visit http://www.redkitestages.co.uk.

More details about the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship can be found at http://www.racrallychamp.org Follow the championship on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/RACrallychamp and on Twitter: @RACRallyChamp

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