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More than 100 cars set to contest Brands Hatch Winter Stages

Monday, January 11 2016

The entry list for this month's (January 31) MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages rally features an eclectic range of more than 100 cars covering the last half century of automotive history. Click here to download the list.

The huge list includes rally favourites, including the iconic original Mini and several rear-wheel-drive Ford Escorts that powerslided their way around the world's stages from the late 1960s to early 80s. Rivalling the Blue Oval in the affections of fans at the end of that halcyon era was the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, and Lotusbits' Mike Taylor and Cathy Sewart will be competing in their cars, which will be familiar to Lotus Festival visitors.

The more recent era includes homologation specials such as James Muir's Peugeot 205 Rallye as well as the popular Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo models that dominated much of the 1990s. The entry also includes Ian Gwynne's Subaru WRC 99, similar to the car which propelled the late Richard Burns to second place in the WRC, and a Ford Focus WRC from the following year, famous for helping flying Scot Colin McRae display his sporting ambitions in typically flamboyant style. It will be piloted by Steve Perez and co-driven by his son, Ginetta Junior racer Seb.

In addition to the rally specials and hatchbacks that are commonly found competing in the UK's forests, there will be several unusual machines more likely to be seen on track in the summer months. These include Paul Sheard's Mazda MX-5, Alastair Flack's V8-engined Triumph TR7 and Bill Bates's Lotus Exige.

Perhaps the most unusual of the entries is the brace of Ferraris that will compete later this month, although rally fans will know that the Ferrari 308 GTB was prepared for rallying by Michelotto. Kevin Jones and Neil McMahon's cars run to the original Group 4 specification, and will certainly be popular amongst the event's spectators.

The sportscar contingent includes the Darrian kitcar that has a winning record at Brands Hatch. Jeremy Straker and Ashley Field will both be running versions of this potent machine, and will be aiming to emulate 2012 winners Jeremy and Mark Straker.

Click here to download the entry list.

Tickets for the MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages are available for £12, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.