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Latvala to drive 'Monster' Ford Focus at Rallyday

1977 and 1985 British Rally champion, Russell Brookes, his co-drivers, Mike Broad, John Brown, Paul White, Neil Wilson and Peter Bryant and original sponsor John Andrews will all be there too as part of a special Andrews Heat for Hire Celebration. Spectators will be able to view the range of iconic rally cars which Brookes used over his successful long-term campaign.

"This year's Rallyday is special for me," said Brookes. "The 70s and 80s were the most exciting years for British rallying and throughout this period, I had a unique partnership with Andrews Heat for Hire, who sponsored me for 17 of those years.

"Their bright yellow livery epitomised this exciting era and Rallyday is bringing together over a dozen original rally cars - from Mk2 Ford Escorts, through Chevettes, Sunbeam Lotus, Opel Mantas and the 400bhp Sierra Cosworths among others. Many of co-drivers of the cars will be joining us on the stand of what will be a unique display, one which is unlikely ever to be repeated. See you there."

1996 British Rally Championship winner Gwyndaf Evans and three-times Fiesta SportTrophy championship winner Elfyn Evans will also be at the show, with a display from Gwyndaf Evans Motors. The display will feature several rally cars Gwyndaf has campaigned, including a Seat F2 and Sierra Cosworth - plus Elfyn's latest Fiesta R2, along with new cars from the family-run Ford and Suzuki dealership.

Several other stars have already signed up as well, including Phil Mills, Petter Solberg's co-pilot until June this year; Nicky Grist, who co-drove for the late Colin McRae and, of course, Rallyday host extraordinaire, 1972 RAC winning co-driver (with Roger Clark) and former Top Gear presenter Tony Mason.

The action doesn't stop there either, with Russ Swift returning to entertain the crowds with his spectacular precision driving display, as well as the Strictly Sideways Competition and a special Rallycross demonstration - including competitors from the very competitive one-make Suzuki Swift class and the RX150 buggies.

The Richard Burns Foundation is back in force, too, and will display six of the original works cars which span the career of the late 2001 World Rally champion. McRae Vision will also have a presence, with fans getting the chance to see the 1995 World Rally champions' original Ford Sierra Cosworth and the McRae R4. There will be an opportunity to participate in the latest Colin McRae Dirt game and to buy a range of McRae merchandise as well.

"We've pulled out all the stops this year and are delighted with the incredible line up of cars and stars coming to help us celebrate Rallyday's tenth anniversary," Frow concluded. "We also hope to make more exciting announcements very, very soon."

Spectator tickets for Rallyday 2010 cost £20 per adult on the gate. Accompanied children under 16 can enter for FREE.

For more information, please visit www.rallyday.com




Related Pictures

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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 09
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (USA), Ford Focus WRC 08, Monster World Rally Team
Ken Block (USA) Alex Gelsomino (USA), Ford Focus WRC 08, Monster World Rally Team
Tony Mason [middle] with Russell Brookes and Jimmy McRae. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Nicky Grist and Stig Blomqvist. Rallyday 2009. [Pic credit: Andy Crayford - Crayfordmedia.com]
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 09
Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Antilla (FIN) Ford Focus RS WRC 09

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Grant - Unregistered

September 02, 2010 9:34 AM

Reply to post above: I imagine Latvala is using Block's car for logistical reasons. Rally Japan is on September 12 and with Rallyday on September 18, suspect his car will be in transit / being re-prepared for France.



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