Rhys will be driving his own Ford Fiesta R2 whilst once again be paired up with experienced UK co-driver Phil Hall for the second consecutive year as they both look to defend their WRC class title from Rally Australia in 2015.
‘‘This year in the UK was quite disappointing for a variety of reasons however I have learnt as much on track as I have off it and I am really excited to have Phil run with me again. We get along quite well and he knows my notes’.
Phil Hall has extensive worldwide experience including contesting this year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy series and cannot wait to get back ‘down under’. "I'm really excited to return to Australia again this year with Rhys for the final WRC round, last year we had a great run and hopefully we can build on that experience and the work we've put in together to make this rally really successful".
Rally Australia will also be Rhys’ First Australian Rally Championship event after electing to sit this year out.
‘I have been overseeing the ARC this year and although it looks fantastic to have 4wd’s back, I just feel that for my career and where I want it to head, the BRC is the best pathway. However I am looking on with great interest to see how the championship goes leading into next season’.
To show how serious Rhys is about the UK in 2017, a very ‘tentative’ deposit has been placed on a new R2 machine for the BRC next year and is currently in talks with teams to run the new car.
‘I have a car at the moment that is an R2 but after competing in one (Ford Fiesta R2) and seeing results and feedback from Guy Tyler and Steve Fisher, I believe I need a car with some better updates to go for wins and unfortunately it is a quite expensive exercise to change my car from a Fiesta 1600 to a Fiesta R2T for example. I have put a tentative deposit on a new R2 which is quite exciting and it’s an R2 that is yet to have debuted in the Junior BRC which I hope can attract sponsors. But for this to happen I need to sell my own car to have the funds to purchase the new car.
If the UK does not eventuate, Rhys will be looking at competing domestically but is unsure if the ARC is on the radar.
‘Right now, there are many options going forward, but for the moment, I just cannot wait to get back behind the wheel and have some fun on Australia’s best roads at Coffs Harbour.
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