Round 8 of the Junior 1000 rally championship heads east to the historic Cadwell race circuit in Lincolnshire. Uniquely, none of the 12 cars entered for the rally have ever won an event outright, so someone will be leaving with a winners trophy for the first time. The other unique thing about this event is that it has been arranged solely for the Junior drivers as the seniors start the following day. This will mean all focus is on the junior drivers without the normal delays caused by the senior drivers.
Leading the drivers off as top seed will be rookie Elliott Payne, who has already had many 2nd and 3rd place finishes this year and looks favorite for the event. However, the extra experience of this venue from last year for Tom Rawlings, James Hall, George Sheard and Eddie Lewis, could see these drivers topping the leaderboard in the early stages.
Welshman Ioan Lloyd jumps out of his Micra and into a quicker C1 for this event as he prepares for a full championship challenge in 2018. Also making a switch into a C1 is newly crowned Pre ’03 Trophy champion Rob Wilson. Both drivers have been on the limits of their Micra’s all season and will be looking forward to the extra few horses under the bonnet.
Riley Banks and Steven Jones will also be looking forward to their return to the circuit, whilst Adam Dalton and Rob Cotton, both return to action in their Micra’s after missing the last round.
Making his debut this weekend is Max Hughes, who is following in the footsteps of his older brother Zak Hughes, who is well known to the Formula 1000 rally championship. Max has been patiently waiting to be old enough to compete and has also been winning trophies at various Autotests in preparation for his first rally.
Here is the full seeded entry list:
|1||ELLIOTT PAYNE||SIMON ROGERS||C1|
|2||TOM RAWLINGS||ALAN GILBERT||C1|
|3||JAMES HALL||SIMON BRADLEY||C1|
|4||EDDIE LEWIS||SAM BILHAM||C1|
|5||IOAN LLOYD||DAI ROBERTS||C1|
|6||ROB WILSON||MARTIN HAGGETT||107|
|8||ROB COTTON||CHRIS WILLIAMS||MICRA|
|9||RILEY BANKS||MIKE JODE||107|
|10||STEVEN JONES||CHRIS BRIERLEY||MICRA|
|11||ADAM DALTON||ALEX TAYLOR||MICRA|
|12||MAX HUGHES||CHRIS EVANS||C1|
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