AN INSIGHT INTO RHYS YATES

Rhys Yates has grown up around the world of motorsport. From two wheels to four, the family interest in the adrenaline fuelled lifestyle has encouraged Rhys to aim for the top in all aspects of his career. In 2018, he is contesting events across Europe including the British, European and World Rally Championship rounds. Driving the impressive Brettex Skoda Fabia R5, Rhys has his sights set high despite still being relatively new to the sport. One to watch for the future...

From an early age, Rhys has always looked to adrenaline to get his kicks.
Over the years his thrill seeking has taken him on to two wheels, water and more recently four wheels.
As a teenager and encouraged by father (and now Brettex team owner/manager) John, Rhys headed onto the circuits across Europe astride a motorbike, riding a 125cc Honda in various Red Bull Rookie events. Rhys then sought to get little more dirty at the weekends and moved into British Motorcross, riding various bikes and classes, starting with a 65cc Kawasaki in the youth British championships moving up the ranks and bikes to a 250cc Kawasaki in the British Championship.

2014 saw him move into the drivers seat of a Suzuki Swift and at the age of 17, contested his first stage rally. Along with bother James, Rhys soon developed a passion for the sport and he upgraded to a Ford Fiesta R2 to tackle the BTRDA and MSA English Championships. He duly won both in 2015.
The arrival of the new look British Rally Championship in 2016 meant Rhys would contest the series behind the wheel of the latest M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 and after a string of top stage times, finished his inaugural season in 10th spot.

Returning in 2017 Rhys took all his experience from the previous season to land his first BRC podium on the Nicky Grist Stages on his way to 4th overall in the championship.

Complimented by World Rally Championship outings in Spain and GB, Rhys was invited to Italy to contest the Monza Rally Sprint, co driven by WRC legend Denis Giraudet.

2018 has seen the arrival of a new car in the shape of a Skoda Fabia R5 and with it, an impressive run of pace.

Run by the CA1 Sport team and co-driven by Elliott Edmondson, Rhys is tackling selected European, World and British events to hone his skills on a wide variety of events.

This had paid off immeasurably as Rhys made history in the summer being the only Brit to have ever won Rally Van Wervik in Belgium.

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