Sunday 22 April 2012

Matt Cotton set to take on Pirelli International Rally.

Cotton and Thomas at high speed during the Bulldog Rally - Credit : Marcel Grabowski Photography
Matt Cotton
Credit : Marcel Grabowski Photography

Cornishman Matt Cotton will head to Cumbria next weekend when he contests the 3rd round of the British Rally Championship, The Pirelli International Rally. With a solid finish on the first two rounds of the series, Cotton has high hopes of obtaining a good result in the infamous Kielder forests.

Cotton returns to the Carlisle based rally after a disastrous end to his 2008 outing on the event when he rolled into one of the infamous ditches that gives the forest complex its nickname of “Killer Kielder”. Partnered once again by long time friend and co-driver Glyn Thomas from North Somerset; the South West pairing know that nothing short of a win will do;

Matt said “I’m really happy with the way the first two rounds have gone this year considering our lack of testing in the car, but we really need to push on this event to make sure we are still in with a chance of winning the championship. It didn’t end well last time I did this event, but that said, I`m really looking forward to getting into the Border Forests again. Its make or break this time“.

The Pirelli International Rally kicks off in the city centre of Carlisle with an autograph signing session on Friday night before the crews head into the woods for 2 stages under the cover of darkness. A brief overnight halt follows as an early start is required on Saturday morning when they head out to complete the remainder of the 95 miles. The successful competitors will then assemble back in Carlisle city centre to receive their awards and spray the champagne to celebrate finishing this tough event.

During the event, Matt will have a dedicated media team on hand to keep you informed with LIVE news from the event as its happening. You will find results, news and images of Matt’s progress both on and off the stages by visiting, following us on Twitter (@mattcottonrally), or finding us on Facebook (

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