The 2014 Welsh Tarmac Rally Champion Rob Tout will contest this year’s Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship in his B13 class Mitsubishi Evo 10.
The Ammanford-based driver will be one of the most experienced competitors in the series, having begun road rallying back in the late 1970s. Having stopped rallying for a number of years, Tout returned to competition in 2001 in an Escort, before changing to the first of three Group N Mitsubishi Evos in 2003 and going on to great Group N success – regularly winning his class and clinching the Welsh Tarmac Rally Championship title overall in 2014. Eighteen months ago, Tout purchased the B13 class Mitsubishi Evo 10 which he will drive this year – which, over the winter, has enjoyed a comprehensive rebuild, ready for the opening round of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt on 10/11 March.
Co-driven by Aberystwyth’s Dylan James, Tout’s 2018 programme will be supported by The Wheel Specialists, Enterprise Insurance, Owen Developments and Tout’s Tool and Plant Hire.
Tout said: “We’re going to concentrate on the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, and if we do any other events in between it will only be one or two to keep ourselves on the pace. We had a difficult year in 2017 for all sorts of reasons, but now we’re back and firing on all cylinders.
“It’s unreasonable to think that our B13 class Mitsubishi Evo 10 will be able to beat World Rally Cars and the latest R5 cars, but we’d certainly like to think that we’ll be the best of the rest. We’ll be looking at consistently finishing inside the top half dozen, and if we do that, with five out of six scores to count, then I think we can do very well in the Championship.”