Yates switches to Skoda for BRC return

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Chesterfield driver Rhys Yates will combine a renewed British Rally Championship bid with World and European Rally Championship events after switching to a Skoda Fabia R5.

Yates scored his first podium in the BRC on the Nicky Grist Stages last year in his third full season of rallying with the Brettex Rally Team, and wants to be a constant threat for podiums in 2018 after switching from his Ford Fiesta R5.

“I want to be fighting for podiums every event and I don’t really see why I can’t,” said Yates, who will be co-driven by Alex Lee. “I believe I can. I would like to have a win, and this year we have to up it a bit more.

“Our pursuit is of the British Rally Champioship, that’s the title we’ll chase. With experience of the rallies and with the new car we should do well this year.”

Yates will return to the two WRC events he contested in 2017, and is set to make an ERC debut.

“We’ll fill in the gaps between BRC with ERC rounds, there’s a gap after Ypres so we’ll do ERC Rome. Rally GB is part of the British championship anyway and we’ll do Rally Spain as well as that’s one of the most enjoyable rallies I’ve ever done. I’d like to do another WRC round as well.”

Yates, who is testing in Sweden this weekend, will be run by CA1 Sport on the Border Counties Rally on March 10/11, before which he will do the second round of the BTRDA, the Malcolm Wilson Rally as a warm-up.

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