Barrett commits to BHRC campaign‏

Northern Irishman Paul Barrett has confirmed plans for a serious assault on this year’s Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship.Omagh-based Barrett, the 2006 BTRDA Silver Star champion, will mount his first mainland title assault in eight years and will field a fresh Ford Escort Mk2 Pinto in a full campaign with Welsh co-driver Paul Wakely.“The car was brand new last year and I’ve only done two rallies in it,” said Barrett. “I broke my wrist in 2007 and I’ve only done three gravel rallies since then.” The class D3 car will run in famous Andrews ‘Heat for Hire’ colours and will debut on the Red Kite Stages on 1 February.“I’m really looking forward to it and it will be good to have a co-driver with local knowledge,” said Barrett. “Historics is the way to go and the big opposition is in the BHRC.”A fresh Sherwood Pinto engine is due for round two, the Mid Wales Stages, but while the new unit is completed Paul has hired his old engine back for the Red Kite.Barrett should be joined by younger brother Ryan in his BDG-powered Escort Mk2 later in the season, notably for the Rallye Isle of Man where Ryan has been an overall winner in the recent past.The 2015 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship starts on the Red Kite Stages on Sunday 1 February and more details are available from

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