An intense Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship battle continues at Brands Hatch this Saturday (21 January), with vital points at stake in the opening event of the Kent circuit's 2017 season.
The Brands Hatch Winter Stages run by the Chelmsford Motor Club, marks the halfway point of the MSVR championship, which began at Oulton Park last November and has also visited Cadwell Park and Rockingham.
The Drivers' Championship is led by Paul Swift, who took a class win at Oulton Park, and followed this up with two overall fourth place finishes. The MkII Ford Escort driver has a slim three-point advantage over the similar car of Ian Woodhouse, who is tied on points with the Renault Clio 172 Cup of Steve Quigley.
Woodhouse's co-driver Paul Rowland heads up the Co-Driver's Championship standings by two points from Peter Littlefield, who'll be sitting alongside Quigley this weekend. With third-placed Jim Smith not on the entry list for this event, Rob Hopewell will be egging on Wil Owen, who holds fifth in the driver standings, in their MkII Ford Escort.
The capacity entry of 90 cars also includes a huge variety of cars, from humble hatchbacks, classics including the Escorts and Talbot Sumbeam Lotuses, to World Rally specials, such as the Ford Escort Cosworth, Subaru Impreza and Mitsubish Evo V. There are also three Ferrari 308 Michelottos in the field, bringing an exotic feel to the occasion.
Driver's Championship top five
1, Paul Swift, 152
2, Ian Woodhouse, 149
=, Steve Quigley, 149
4, Ronald Bruce Edwards, 139
5, Wil Owen, 131
Co-Driver's Championship top five
1, Paul Rowland, 153
2, Peter Littlefield, 151
3, Jim Smith, 140
4, Rob Hopewell, 135
5, John Burton, 116