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Cotton to fulfil life long dream on Wales Rally GB Cornwall based Matt Cotton is set to fulfil a life long dream when he takes to the start of this years Wales Rally GB, the final round of the British Rally Championship, and in doing so...

Cotton to fulfil life long dream on Wales Rally GB

Cornwall based Matt Cotton is set to fulfil a life long dream when he takes to the start of this years Wales Rally GB, the final round of the British Rally Championship, and in doing so becomes the first Cornish driver to contest the event in over 10 years! Matt is doubly excited about this event as the 29 year old is still in with a chance at the C2R2cup in only his first season in the series.

Matt, a former BTRDA class champion and winner of the BRC 'stars of the future' in 2007, made the step up to the highly competitive Citroen C2R2cup at the beginning of 2008. The deal was done at the very last minute and ended badly with a high speed roll on the opening round. However, since then the Warranty Manager has improved his pace in leaps and bounds, with stage times showing that he should not be discounted. A string of fastest stage times and second overall on the last round, the International Rally of Yorkshire, has moved Matt right into contention for the title.

Wales Rally GB is unique because it counts as two separate rounds of the British Rally Championship. The 73 stage miles on Friday count as one rally, with Saturday and Sunday classified as a totally different event. This means that there are a total of 40 championship points up for grabs!

Although the Rallynuts.com backed driver and co-driver Anthony Godden have never tackled the World Rally Championship event before they have vowed to fight from the start.

I have wanted to do this rally since I was a little kid so I am really looking forward to it. However, with the way the championship stands there is only one approach. We will have to go flat out from the very start. It will be the longest sprint rally ever for Anthony and I!

I feel very privileged to be tackling the British Rally Championship in its fiftieth year and must say a massive thanks to my family for all of their support, as well as to Ti Motorsport and Rallynuts.com.

For the first time in a number of years Britain's premiere motor rallying event heads to Mid Wales, with Friday incorporating stages in Hafren and Myherin forests, with a spectator stage in Sweet Lamb. All of these stages are visited twice before the crews head to Walters Arena for two short blasts and then onwards to Swansea for an overnight rest.

Saturday sees the surviving crews tackle two loops of Resolfen, Halfway and Crychan before entertaining the gathered crowds in the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

Sunday only consists of four stages, two runs each of Rheola and Port Talbot, but these still account for some 60 miles of competitive action.

-credit: cgmotorsport.co.uk

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Teams Citroën World Rally Team