After dominating on round one of the British Rally Championship's support series, the 2009 BRC Challenge, Matt Edwards and Andy Murphy head the field of twenty crews on the Pirelli Challenge Rally this weekend.
The Welsh pairing also leads the Kick Energy Fiesta SportTrophy, with Stevie Brown lying second and joining the BRCC fray for this weekend's Carlisle-based event. He and co-driver Andrew Roughead make the switch from the main International class, citing budgetary constraints for the move.
Julian Wilkes and Will Rutherford will hope they have overcome their fuel pump problems from Rally North Wales, wanting to push for overall victory in their ultra-powerful 1400cc Nova, while Richard Archer and Tom Ward are convinced the gearbox problem on their Corsa is resolved, after a loss of several gears dropped them down the order on round one. Despite this setback, they lead class RC4 from Andy Gwynne and Holly Robinson, whose Saxo retired in Wales.
Next on the entry list are Callum Black and Paul Wakely, who also lead the RC1 class in their MGZR. The 1400cc car is giving away masses of power to the expected class frontrunners, but the youngster is tenacious and has so far managed to squeeze every ounce from the car.
The two-way tussle for class RC2 will be between Brett Griffin/Sam Fordham and Eddie and David Meek, although Peugeot driver Griffin has a distinct advantage over his rival, Meek having retired his Puma in Wales.