Brands Hatch Stage Rally Preview

Supercars from Aston Martin share the event wiith more conventional rally cars
Supercars from Aston Martin share the event wiith more conventional rally cars

Motorsport makes its return this weekend as this Sunday see's the return of the TRS (Essex) ltd Brands Hatch Stage Rally at the Kent circuit, the first event on the busy MSV Calendar this year. After a successful event last year which saw Rallying return to Brands Hatch after a long absence, this year's Rally hosted by The Chelmsford Motor Club will be bigger and better.

Eight stages having been increased in length from last year will incorporate the Indy Circuit, paddock, rally stages and access roads will take place in front of spectators on a circuit which provides superb viewing areas and facilities which makes Brands Hatch an ideal venue to host the event.

With over 90 cars set to compete on changeable surfaces and winter conditions, it is sure to be a spectacle for all motorsport fans. A whole range of modern and classics, from purpose built rally cars to hatchbacks and also Ferrari and Aston Martin supercars will up against fan favourites such as Mk1 Escorts and Subaru Impreza's providing great entertainment. With the day's event starting at 9.45am and run into the darkness of the early evening, spectators will be treated to blazing headlights, glowing brake discs and flaming exhausts. With the paddock area forming part of the stages, Colin Chapman Way will be used as the service area allowing the cars to be seen close up.

Pete Raynor and Richard Bonner seek to add to their Rockingham success. (Image - Chris Gurton Photography)

Last year's winners John Indri and Dave Engwell will return to defend the title and try to make it back to back event victories in their Darrian T90 GTR but will face stiff opposition from the likes of Nigel Mummery and Fiona Scarlett in their Ford Focus WRC hoping to better last years disappointing result which saw them stuck in the gravel at Druids and The Pairing of Pete Raynor and Richard Bonner who look to add to their victory at the Rockingham Stages Rally last month in their Mk2 Ford Escort.