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High Quality Roush Entry 27 April 2005

The entry list for the Roush Manx Rally (6/7th May) is of such a high quality that it is, quite literally, anyone's guess as to the identity of the eventual winners! Obviously, one of the favourites has to be the Subaru Impreza WRC of Kenny McKinstry & Noel Orr who have won the rally three times already and are back to defend their 2004 victory.

However, it is fair to say that any one of the top twenty starters is of a proven ability at this level of competition and spectators on the Isle of Man over the weekend are assured of a fascinating time as the battle for supremacy unfolds.

Starting behind McKinstry/Orr from Port Erin at 7.00pm on the Friday evening will be former British Champion and Manx resident! Mark Higgins (Ford Focus WRC) and Irish Tarmac Champion Derek McGarrity (Subaru Impreza WRC).

Current MSA National Gravel Championship leader Paul Bird (Ford Focus WRC) is at No.5 and finds himself in amongst four former winners of the title Mark Perrott (Ford Escort WRC), Marcus Dodd (Hyundai Accent WRC), Steve Perez (Ford Focus WRC) & Roger Duckworth (Subaru Impreza WRC).

The Roush Manx Rally is also in the GPR MSA National Asphalt Rally Championship calendar and, having been forced to miss the first round, Tony Davies (Subaru Impreza WRC) sets out on his quest for the title. Right behind him is the similar car of Steve Fleck, while former Asphalt Champions Steve Hendy (Ford Escort WRC) & John Price (MG Metro 6R4) are also in close attendance. In the face of such strong opposition, current Championship leader Dave Appleby (Subaru Impreza WRC) will be looking to press home his advantage, but knows he will have his work cut out!

The Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge returns to the Isle of Man once again and, after two rounds, the front-runners in the race to secure a works-supported drive in the 2006 British Rally Championship are Englishmen Nik Elsmore and Anthony Willmington. The Welsh and Irish are also well represented, with Stuart Jones and Philip Morrow within striking distance of the leaders!

The Peugeot 206 Super Cup is responsible for a dozen of the 125 entries, with Jonnie Wigmore and Trevor Martin relishing the opportunity to move further ahead in the points table.

A full Entry List is attached to this Press Release.

The Friday-night leg of the Roush Manx Rally starts from Port Erin and takes in five special stages, prior to an overnight halt. On Saturday, the rally is based at the TT Grandstand, Douglas, from where the first car leaves at 8.30am for the first of eleven more stages. The podium finish and traditional champagne-spraying are back there at 3.30pm that afternoon.

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