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PRESS RELEASE: 18th March 2017
Rhys Yates secures fifth spot and first Englishman
home at British Rally Championship opener, the Border
rally star Rhys Yates stamped his authority firmly on
the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) leader
board last weekend as he took his Ford Fiesta R5 to fifth
place at the Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally.
In only his second season in the series, Yates triumphed
over many more experienced competitors and his top five
result meant he was also the first English driver home
in the ultra-competitive BRC field. In a weekend where
the Brettex Site Services backed ace was never outside
the top ten, Yates is well on course to better his tenth
place finish position in last year’s BRC standings.
One of the strongest BRC entries for many years headed
to the market town of Jedburgh in the Borders for the
opening round of the season which would offer two tough
days of action in the south of Scotland forests. Heavy
rain descended on the region for the ceremonial start
under the shadow of Jedburgh Abbey and the two stages
on Friday night would prove to be a tough start to the
season for many.
But Yates and co-driver Carl Williamson took the inclement
weather in their stride and opened proceedings with a
solid eighth fastest time on the opening night time test.
With a repeat of the Craik stage to follow, the Michelin
shod Fiesta held firm in the mud strewn stage and sixth
fastest through the second run meant Yates ended the opening
leg in a firm sixth overall.
The rain and mist would not subside for day two of the
event and Yates elected to play safe through the first
of the morning’s stages. Later admitting he was
perhaps a little too cautious in the second and third
stages of the day, he dropped to eighth spot as the daylight
offered the chance to make up valuable time.
But as confidence grew, the times began to tumble and
Yates began to string together several top six times during
the mid-afternoon loop and in turn, began to move up the
leader board. A mature run over the afternoon stages saw
him hunt down the positions in front, climbing from eighth
to fifth over the closing stages, crossing the ceremonial
finish back in Jedburgh with his best ever result in the
“We really could not have kicked off our BRC campaign
any better than that” said Yates at the finish.
“The whole weekend was perfect from start to finish
and we had no problems with the car whatsoever which is
a real credit to the team. Carl and I worked really well
in the car and he gave me the confidence to push on where
we could and as my confidence grew, you can see the times
started to come down”.
Being first Englishman home was also a fitting reward
for the 23 year old. “If you look at the names on
the results, they have all been rallying for many years.
This is only my second year in the championship and I
have a lot to learn but I know that there is much more
to come too. This result gives us a great start to our
BRC campaign so we just need to keep this up on the next
round in Cumbria”.
The second round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship
takes place in Carlisle on the 29th/30th April.
Yates is backed by Michelin, Protyre, Kick Motorsport,
Simpson, Zenith Racing, Prestone, Draper Tools, Jordan
Road Surfacing, PIAA and NGK Spark Plugs