UK: Fiat Stilo Rally Cup preview

"Stilos come to The UK" The Fiat Stilo Rally Cup BRC Live 21st March 2004 2004 will witness the launch of a new and exciting championship in the UK, the Fiat Stilo Rally Cup. The Hi-Tec and Fiat UK backed Fiat Stilo Rally Cup one make ...

"Stilos come to The UK"
The Fiat Stilo Rally Cup
BRC Live 21st March 2004

2004 will witness the launch of a new and exciting championship in the UK, the Fiat Stilo Rally Cup.

The Hi-Tec and Fiat UK backed Fiat Stilo Rally Cup one make championship is based on the 3 door 1747cc Stilo and is the only manufacturer backed one make series supporting this years Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship.

This is the first time for the 187bhp Group A cars in the UK but the 2004 Fiat Stilo Rally Cup has already attracted high quality entries and is based on the successful Italian "Stilo Trofeo" which has been running since 2002.

The overall prize after seven classic rallies across the UK is a works supported drive in the 2005 British Rally Championship at the wheel of a Fiat Punto Super 1600. The championship also boasts substantial prize funds on each rally and television coverage as part of Channel 4's commitment to UK rallying.

With drivers from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Spain and Italy, the series has a truly European feel and competition will be fierce in the equal specification machinery.

Five cars will make their debuts at BRC Live on the 21st March, a publicity event and shakedown for cars competing in the Kwik Fit Pirelli British Rally Championship. Drivers will be putting the cars through their paces at Bramcote Barracks near Nuneaton in Warwickshire with the opportunity for spectators to get up close to the action. The 2003 event attracted more than 3000 people; many new to rallying and expectations are high for the 2004 rally show, BRC Live.

Drivers Chris Davies and Paul Tod from Abergavenny, Shaun Woffinden from Gainsborough and Dumfries based Tom Metcalfe will be taming their new Italian steeds at the event with around half a dozen attempts at the purpose made stage each.

Paul Alexander, the fifth driver attending will be crossing his fingers as he takes to the sidelines whilst recovering from a recent back operation. His car however, will be put through its paces with Channel 4's Robbie Head at the wheel ably assisted by co-host of the BRC show, Mike Brewer. The mechanics will have a quick change of seat position to contend with as former BRC and WRC driver Justin Dale will also take a test drive in the new car.

He may be persuaded to part with hard cash after his drive since there is still a car available for the start of the season. The cars come ready built in gravel trim from Italy in Abarth yellow at just £21,500 + VAT.

For details of how to get the keys for the last 2004 car, contact championship co-ordinator, Gary Pesticcio on +44 7970 000011 or at gary@stiloicup.com

The Fait Stilo Rally Cup acknowledges support from Fiat UK, Hi-Tec, Toora Competizione, PIAA, Bardahl and Pirelli.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Justin Dale , Paul Tod , Shaun Woffinden , Tom Metcalfe