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The Fuchs Lubricants British Historic Rally Championship will see a feverish battle for maximum points this weekend, as a sensational line up of top-flight crews head for the second round of the season, the WKD Trained Dogs Rally North Wales [26 March].

After a trail blazing opening round in his home Yorkshire forests, Matthew Robinson was in a league of his own, winning each one of the Riponian stages to kick his season off in fine style behind the wheel of his Ford Escort MKII. But the world-class stages in Wales will echo to the sound of a sensational entry, all aiming to usurp Robinson and co-driver Sam Collis’ round one dominance.

Archrival after the opener Nick Elliott will be aiming to close the gap on more neutral territory and will be joined by Dave Robson in the co-drivers seat. Also piloting a MKII Escort, Elliott will have Herefordshire’s Roger Chilman and Patrick Walsh breathing down his neck after Chilman took third spot in round one.

But choose a winner if you dare, as behind the top three in the title chase is an abundance of first-class contenders eager to make their mark on Britain’s premier historic rally championship points tables.

Reigning champions Ben Friend and Cliffy Simmons will be aiming to put their last stage puncture on the Riponian behind them and fight for honours in the super-fast Welsh tests, whilst Adrian Hetherington and Ronan O’Neil will also be aiming to banish the memories of the opener, both piloting Ford Escort MKII’s.

Shaking up the entry list in more ways than one, record-breaking three-time British Rally Champion Matt Edwards will contest his first BHRC since 2014, driving the spectacular Fiat 131 Abarth with Hamish Campbell on the notes. Their presence will undoubtedly bring a new feel to the series, dominated by the Ford marque in recent times.

A host of new registrations for the popular Dolgellau based event include Pete Littler and Andy Marchbank, as well as Roger Albert Clark aces Seb Perez and Gary McElhinney who took second place on the mammoth rally last November.

In Category 2 [cars between 1968-1975], all the signs of a stellar fight for honours are stamped on the entry list and round one winners Ben and Steve Smith could well come under attack by a brace of rapid Ford Escort MK1 pilots.

Adam Milner and Roy Jarvis step into the ring after a giant-killing RAC performance whilst Chris Skill also returns to the BHRC with Brian Hodgson in the co-drivers seat. Warren Philliskirk and Garry Green aim for one better after taking second at the Riponian. The maximum points haul for the BHRC2 [up to 1600cc and `B` classes] category is also likely to come from any one of these protagonists.

Category 1 [cars up to 1968] will be a lonely affair for reigning champion Bob Bean as the sole entrant in his Lotus Cortina with Mike Curry on the notes, whilst Fuchs Lubricants R.A.C Asphalt/Rally 2 Mixed Surface Rally Championship round one winners Mike Wolff and Mark Twiname will be aiming for another top score in their BMW M3.

Eight of some of the finest Welsh stages lie in wait for the crews on Saturday and fans will witness one of the most unpredictable fights for the top step of the podium in many years.

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