UK's Direct Cup season debut preview

The opening round of the 2004 Motorsport Direct Cup is less than two weeks away, and already the new series for Vauxhall Nova and Corsa rally cars is building a solid number of entrants as the entries roll in for the Kall Kwik Rally on February ...

The opening round of the 2004 Motorsport Direct Cup is less than two weeks away, and already the new series for Vauxhall Nova and Corsa rally cars is building a solid number of entrants as the entries roll in for the Kall Kwik Rally on February 22nd.

The all new series runs within the Kumho Clubman Rally Championship, visiting some of the best forest stages that British rallying can offer. The Motorsport Direct Cup competitors are also registering for the Kumho Clubman series, boosting the numbers of the National B status championship and bringing yet more variety to the rallies within the championship.

2003 Kumho National Super 1600 Champion Andy Gwynne is one of the leading names to have registered for the Cup. Along with co-driver Holly Robinson, Gwynne will enter his Vauxhall Corsa Kit Car on all rounds of the series and is looking forward to taking the fight to the overall leaders in the Kumho Clubman Championship.

Kumho Championship newcomer Colin Main is another driver looking for success in the Cup. The Scot keen to chase for honours in a series that offers cash prizes and trade bonuses to its competitors, as well as a number of end of season prizes from leading suppliers such as Compomotive Wheels, Safety Devices, Martin Bowyer Developments, and discounted Kumho Competition tyres.

Leading Formula 1400 exponent James Wozencroft is another highly rated young driver keen to take part in the series. The 18 year old Herefordshire youngster will bring his Vauxhall Nova 1400 to the events in order to continue building up his experience after showing plenty of potential in his first year of rallying. Wozencroft will certainly be trying to match and beat the 1600cc drivers in the Cup in his ex-BTRDA F1400 Championship winning machine.

The man behind the Cup is Motorsport Direct proprietor Iain Shirlaw, one of the leading suppliers of Nova, Corsa and Proton competition parts in the UK. Iain is also contesting the Kumho Clubman Rally Championship in his Proton Satria Kit Car, and is delighted that competitors have shown a firm intent to contest the new Cup:

"It looks very promising at this early stage" said Iain. "The entries are coming in steadily for the Cup and we expect to have a few more registrations before entries close for the Kall Kwik. So far, the quality of drivers entering is extremely high. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cup front runners also featuring at the sharp end of the overall Kumho Clubman Championship leaderboard as well.

With cash prizes on offer for every round, plus excellent end of season prizes donated by the likes of Compomotive, Safety Devices and even a Media Scholarship from JemSport PR, I'm delighted with the way my initial idea is taking shape. It would be great to add a few more Nova's and Corsa's to the entry lists throughout the year, but I'm sure that all the drivers who do take part will find it to be great fun within a superbly organised championship."

Over 10 Nova's and Corsa's are expected to start the Kall Kwik Rally, based in Pickering. Using the famous Dalby forests, the event offers the competitors excellent value for money on some of the finest forest roads. High speed straights and sweeping bends will require the utmost in concentration from the Vauxhall powered men and women as they battle it out for £300 worth of cash prizes on each round of the six event championship.

Technical information and all the latest news on the championship will appear on www.motorsportdirect.co.uk whilst the latest Kumho Clubman Rally Championship news will appear on www.kumhorally.info.

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