UK Motorsport Direct Cup round one preview

Kall Kwik Rally 10 contenders are up for the Cup on Round One. The all new 2004 Motorsport Direct Cup has attracted 10 quality entries to the opening round of the series, the Kall Kwik Rally, based in Pickering, on February 22nd. Introduced as...

Kall Kwik Rally
10 contenders are up for the Cup on Round One.

The all new 2004 Motorsport Direct Cup has attracted 10 quality entries to the opening round of the series, the Kall Kwik Rally, based in Pickering, on February 22nd. Introduced as a bonus and prize scheme by leading Vauxhall and Proton specialists Motorsport Direct, the new cup will run within the Kumho Clubman Rally Championship for the whole season.

Utilising the classic North Yorkshire forest stages, the De Lacy Motor Club run event has attracted a quality entry, including 11 registered Motorsport Direct Cup contenders. Sadly the eleventh man, Garry Johnson, will be unable to start the rally due to his new engine not arriving in time.

Those who are making the trip to Yorkshire should provide some strong competition - and may also feature prominently on the overall Kumho Clubman Championship leaderboard. Leading the way on the entry list is Gloucestershire pairing Andy Gwynne and Holly Robinson. The reigning Kumho National Super 1600 Champions have decided to look for greater competition this season, and have decided to bring their potent Vauxhall Corsa Kit Car to the new challenge. Gwynne is widely expected to set the pace, and is looking forward to trying something different this season:

"We really enjoy the ANCRO organised events, but we felt that competition was lacking in our class at National level" said Andy. "As a result, we've moved in the Kumho Clubman Championship specifically to contest the Motorsport Direct Cup, which is open only to Nova's and Corsa's. It looks like being a great championship with a number of excellent drivers - young and old - taking part. We may be looked upon as being favourites at this early stage from our past results, but I think it will be a very hard fought series. Both Holly and myself are really looking forward to it, especially with a number of prizes on offer."

The new series has attracted support from the likes of Martin Bowyer Developments, Safety Devices, Compomotive Motorsport Wheels, Kumho Tyres, and JemSport PR in order to give the competitors plenty to play for during the season. With a prize fund of £300 for each rally and end of season awards as well, there is something for all the competitors to play for.

If Andy Gwynne is expected to be a pace setter in the 1600cc category, then the 1400cc battle could be a tough one to call in comparison. CSMA rally man John Brooks brings his 1400cc Corsa to the Cup, and could well trouble the 1600cc leaderboard in the process. Scottish invader Colin Main is another driver who will be pushing hard in his Nova. The Coltness CC man produced excellent stage times on the Park Systems Rally last season, and will be keen to get in and amongst the established Kumho Championship drivers once again.

BTRDA F1400 flyer James Wozencroft is another welcome addition to the Cup in his ex-F1400 championship winning Nova. The Herefordshire driver will be one to watch after producing several committed and rapid performances within the past season at BTRDA level, and is using the Kumho Clubman Championship as a platform on which he can build up his experience of the stages. The 18 year old is ready for the challenge ahead:

"It looks a great championship already" said James. "There's a good spread of events, using quality stages and all the events are extremely well run. Its also excellent value for money, and with the Motorsport Direct Cup offering prize money on every rally, plus bonuses from other suppliers, its a great place to start rallying, or in my case, to get more experience of the stages. Iain Shirlaw has done an excellent job in putting the Cup together, so lets hope its just as much of a success on the stages as it has been off it".

Other drivers taking part on the first round include David Beesley in a Corsa, Brian McGuinness from Scotland, Welshman Kevin Price, and the well travelled Isle of Man duo Richard and Paul Curphey in a Nova Sport. Colin Hope rounds out the 10 entries in what looks like being a competitive opening bout of the 2004 Motorsport Direct Cup.

-www.motorsportdirect.co.uk.

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