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Capacity entry for Cadwell Park spring rally this April

Tuesday, March 21 2017

A huge entry of over 80 cars will contest the Alan Healy Memorial Rally at Cadwell Park on Sunday 9 April and the provisional entry list includes a wide variety of classics, hatchbacks and rally specials, all competing for the final round of the 2016-17 MSVR-run Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship.

There are two championships on offer at Cadwell Park, and with just one point separating Paul Swift and Ian Woodhouse, the scene is set for a thrilling conclusion. Swift drove a MkII Ford Escort to victory in the Brands Hatch stages in January, but has yet to confirm his ride for the event, whilst Woodhouse will be campaigning his MkII Escort. The Co-Drivers' title looks set to be claimed by Woodhouse's colleague Paul Rowland, but the crew will need to finish the event, and rallying can often provide plenty of drama.

The rear-wheel-drive Ford Escorts of the late 1960s and 70s have been a hugely popular choice in the championship, and there will be over 20 of the oversteering classics taking part. World Rally rivals Talbot Sunbeam Lotus are also represented, recreating the forest battles of yesteryear. There's even a Vauxhall Chevette in the entry list for fans of small family cars of the 70s.

There's an equally impressive contingent from the more recent days of rallying. Favourites from the 1990s include the wild Nissan Sunny GTi-R, a rarity from the days of homologation specials that also includes the Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Evo made famous by the exploits of British rallying heroes Colin McRae and Richard Burns. Also representing this golden age of the sport are the Toyota Celica GT4, Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth and the two-wheel-drive tarmac terror, the Peugeot 306 Maxi, which won at Snetterton in February.

There will also be two forest stormers from the modern era, starting with the Citroen D3R3 MAX, inspired by the French manufacturer's success on the world stage with Sebastien Loeb. Citroen's era of domination was replaced in the current decade by Volkswagen, and the entry list includes a VW Polo WRC, made famous by current World Champion Sebastien Ogier.

In addition there will be a plethora of road cars modified for rally use, from humble hatchbacks to coupes such as the Ford Puma, a late-90s club rally favourite, plus a BMW M3 supersaloon and Mazda MX-5 roadster.

The cars will compete on a variety of stages, which will be formed from section of the circuit, plus paddock and access roads. The event will run from 9am until late afternoon.

Click here to view the current provisional entry list - note that this may change prior to the event.

Tickets for the Alan Healy Memorial Rally at Cadwell Park on Sunday 9 April are on sale for just £12, or £8 to 13-15 year-olds, with free entry to under-13s. For more information or to book, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.