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Daniel Dunbabin tests Kit car

Peugeot 106 Super Cup contender Daniel Dunbabin tested the latest Vauxhall Corsa Maxi Kit Car from specialists Wizard Motorsport in Wales recently. The 25 year old was invited to join the team for the day at a sodden Welsh test venue, and the ...

Peugeot 106 Super Cup contender Daniel Dunbabin tested the latest Vauxhall Corsa Maxi Kit Car from specialists Wizard Motorsport in Wales recently.

The 25 year old was invited to join the team for the day at a sodden Welsh test venue, and the opportunity to drive the left hand drive, 200+ BHP, 6-speed sequential machine was not one to be missed, with the Cheshire man acquitting himself very well in the unfamiliar Super 1600 category Corsa.

Although the Warrington driver has set his sights on lifting the Peugeot 106 Super Cup this year after narrowly missing out on the BTRDA Gold Star title in 2000, he was very positive after testing the latest specification machine:

"The car was superb. Loads of power and traction, and the braking and handling was spot on, despite the conditions being typically wet and slippy in the Welsh forest stage.

After driving the car for the day, its no wonder that Dick and the boys at Wizard are regarded as the Corsa specialists in the UK. I'm very hopeful that I'll be able to strike a deal to do an event in the car at some point this year, so I can prove my pace in the latest Super1600 machinery."

Although the car and its set up was new for Daniel, he soon impressed the team with his attacking driving style and good technical feedback throughout the day. The experience gained from the day was put into good use when Daniel competed in his first rally of the season at the weekend.

The new Peugeot 106 GTi in "Challenge" spec ran perfectly throughout the Wyedean Rally, with Daniel easily matching more powerful machinery on the greasy stages, as he and brother Clive finished second in class and 4th overall in the F2 category.

The Dunbabin team's next event will be the Winter Stages Rally at Sweet Lamb in Wales on February 17th, before the serious business of championship rallying begins with the Wrexham Rally on March 10th.

-Jamie Edwards

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