The VK Vodka Kick-backed Fiesta SportingTrophy UK will climax in a thrilling finale on the Bulldog Clubmans Rally next weekend, with the title still up for grabs and competitors aiming to make the most of their final opportunity to score points this year.
The prize of a brand-new Ford Fiesta ST can be claimed by either fireman Chris Moore or student George Thomas, with the added prestige of becoming the first-ever Fiesta SportingTrophy UK champion.
Thomas, 20, has won two FST UK rallies, triumphing on the Pirelli Rally in May and Park Systems in September. Despite his relative lack of experience, the Hereford-based ace has been a model of consistency this year, with the season-opening Malcolm Wilson Rally representing his only non-finish of the year.
Moore, 31, won the Severn Valley Rally in June and the Swansea Bay Rally in July but has registered DNFs on the Pirelli in May and Jim Clark in July. Although he has previous rally experience, the Sunderland star had not contested a full season's rallying for a number of years before entering the FST UK this year.
In terms of points, Thomas leads the standings with 43 to Moore's 36. However, the championship is based on the best six results from the season's eight rallies. Drop the two worse scores so far and the difference between the two is a mere two points, meaning all is to play for.
The Bulldog Clubmans Rally takes place on Saturday, 21 October and covers 45 stage miles spread over four stages.
Here are profiles and Q&As with the two title protagonists:
Date of birth:
I'm a student so student life and drinking, quite a lot of mountain biking and a bit of motocross.
Mobile ring tone:
Just the standard one.
Eastenders or Coronation Street:
Chinese or Indian:
When did you start rallying?
Properly two years ago, so I've done the last two full seasons. Before that I did a few rallies but not a serious campaign. Last year I did the BTRDA 1400s and we won that so it would be quite nice to win the Fiestas in my second full season.
The Mid-Wales Stages three years ago.
What do you think of Chris Moore as a driver?
He's good, but he's been around a long time! He's getting on now and he's done a lot of one-make championships and he's got experience at it. I think he's a quick bloke.
Which would be the quicker combination; you co-driving for Chris or him co-driving for you?
If I was co-driving for Chris we'd be off because I'd be saying left instead of right, so probably me driving!
If you win the championship how will you celebrate?
With a hell of a party back at my place. I'd invite all the people who helped us over the year, sponsors and future sponsors, and it would be very good.