Matt Cotton heads to the third round of the 2009 BTRDA Rally Series, this weekends Betta Somerset Stages, looking to re-ignite his championship hopes and is hoping for better luck on the teams home event this weekend.

Cotton, who finished third overall in the Citroen C2R2cup in 2008, will be joined once again by Will Rogers in his MG ZR and the pair are anticipating a fierce fight for a number of different honours.

Not only are they hoping to feature strongly in the 1.4L class, as well as in the MG Cup, but there is also the small issue of inter-team rivalry as the CEM Rally Team extend to four cars for this weekends event.

"Last time out on the Malcolm Wilson Stages my progress was halted by a drive shaft, but that was due to the really rough nature of the stages," Cotton said. "Hopefully we'll have a faultless rally this weekend but I'm expecting tough competition with within the team.

"The Somerset Stages is always a well run and very enjoyable event and as such I'm really looking forward to this weekends rally. Even though there are no team orders I'm still expecting a fierce fight on my hands but I'm sure we'll all have a laugh."

The Betta Somerset Stages starts from Minehead on Saturday morning at 8am. After no less than ten high speed stages, including two runs up the tarmac Porlock Hill, the crews head back to the finish with the first car expected back at around 3:30pm.

by Geoff Mayes

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