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British ORC: Reigning champions return to defend title.



Reigning MSA British Off Road Champions, Keith and Sally Lewis will be first on the start line for the opening round of the Matador series on the weekend of the 8th/9th April 2006. With both the British title and the national All Wheel Drive Club (AWDC) series under their belts in the last couple of years, the husband and wife pairing from Abergavenny will be fired up to prove, once more, that they are the best in the UK.

Behind them are a number of crews champing at the bit for a crack at the title. Ryan Cooke and Alec Lofthouse battled it out between each other in one of the closest fought battles of last year. At the final round of 2005 they were separated by seconds, with both crews having to raise their game in the final laps. Back then it was the Alec who came out on top. The experienced Northern Off Road Club (NORC) competitor will be gunning for the title that he has some so close to before. It has to come right for Ryan at some point. Ryan is one of the most naturally talented drivers in the UK and with a number of sometimes trying seasons under his belt Ryan has matured immensely.

Several newcomers will also be keen to make their mark on the series – Carl Duffield and Simon Bown are two of the fastest crews to come out of the remarkably competitive NORC championship in recent years and will line up against the surprise re-appearance of a team including multiple British Champion, Richard Kershaw.

Richard Kershaw has bought one of the most interesting yet least proven cars of recent years. Richard has got his hands on Guy Smith’s eagerly awaited GSR 206 Evo and now has the opportunity to demonstrate what it is capable of in proven hands. Guy will drive the opening round as Richard had already pre-booked a holiday when the opportunity arose for a drive in 2006.

Former champion Tim Marsh has been seeking an elusive victory for a couple of years now and the Driffield site should suit both his car and driving ability. Spectators are welcome at any of the Matador MSA British Off Road Championship events and there will be a free programme and guide to the event.

2006/04/06 I 14:10 CET I Editor: marathonrally.com/hs






















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