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dw15_mw02After a break of a year Bentham-based rally driver David Wright will make his return to rallying on next weekend’s Malcolm Wilson rally in Cumbria, a round of the BTRDA championship.

Wright will drive a GPM-prepared Ford Focus WRC which was originally driven by Carlos Sainz in the World Rally Championship. The car will be supported by Kumho Tyres and Grove Hill Garage.

It will be Wright’s first competitive event since last year’s Malcolm Wilson rally although he debuted the Focus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“Unfortunately work commitments meant rallying had to take a back seat in 2014,” said Wright. “We did a few runs at Goodwood with the Focus last June but we’ve not had time to do any testing since then so it will be a pretty steep learning curve at the weekend. The car is a big step up in performance from our previous Mitsubishi Evo 9 and there are a lot of different settings to get to grips with.”

“Our aim for the event is to get plenty of mileage in the car so we’ll be driving for a finish but I’m sure my co-driver Michael Wilkinson will be pushing us on! The rally uses some of my favourite stages such as Grizedale forest and it is one I have had some good results on in the past so hopefully we will get our season off to a good start.”

The rally will take place over 8 tough stages in the Cumbrian forests and crews who successfully complete the event will finish at the Rheged Centre near Penrith.

Wright is planning on contesting further BTRDA championship rounds this year and he has also received an invitation to bring the Focus, in its works Martini colour scheme, to the Goodwood Festival of Speed again.

Image courtesy of Songasport.

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