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Stage Rally set to thrill at Cadwell Park this Sunday

Sunday, April 02 2017

Rallying returns to Cadwell Park next Sunday (9 April), and a huge entry of more than 70 cars will bring powerslides, handbrake turns and Scandinavian Flicks to the Lincolnshire Wolds Venue.

Cadwell Park will be transformed into a series of rally stages, utilising sections of the famous tarmac, run in both directions, plus paddock and access roads. Unlike forest rallies, visitors will have a commanding view of the action from the venue's picturesque spectator areas.

This April's rally will form the final round of the 2016-17 Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship. There are two championships on offer in the MSVR-series, and with just one point separating the Drivers' Championship leaders, the scene is set for a thrilling conclusion. The battle is set to be fought between Mk II Escort drivers Paul Swift (who unfortunately has had to withdraw from this weekend's event) and Ian Woodhouse, whilst the Co-Drivers' title looks set to be claimed by Woodhouse's colleague Paul Rowland, but the crew will need to finish the event first.

The rear-wheel-drive Ford Escorts of the late 1960s and 70s have been a hugely popular choice in the championship, and there will be over 20 of the oversteering classics taking part. World Rally rivals Talbot Sunbeam Lotus are also represented, recreating the forest battles of yesteryear.

There's an equally impressive contingent from the more recent days of rallying. Favourites from the 1990s include the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo made famous by the exploits of British rallying heroes Colin McRae and Richard Burns. The era is also represented by former British Rally Champion Jonny Milner, who'll be fielding a Toyota Celica GT-Four. The car was driven in period by rally legend Carlos Sainz, whose son Carlos Jr now races in Formula 1.

There will also be two forest stormers from the modern era, starting with the Citroen D3R3 MAX, inspired by the French manufacturer's success on the world stage with Sebastien Loeb. Citroen's era of domination was replaced by Volkswagen, and the entry list includes a VW Polo WRC, made famous by current World Champion Sebastien Ogier.

In addition there will be a plethora of road cars modified for rally use, from humble hatchbacks to coupes such as the Ford Puma, a late-90s club rally favourite, plus a BMW M3 supersaloon and Mazda MX-5 roadster.

The rally will commence at 9am, with each stage expected to last just under an hour in duration.

Tickets for the Alan Healy Memorial Rally at Cadwell Park on Sunday 9 April are on sale for £16 on the gate, with free entry to under-13s. For more information, including an entry list, a schedule and maps, call 0843 453 9000 or click here