Wednesday | 15 Oct 2014

England cricket star to join WRC finale

Former England cricket international Graeme Swann will make his rally debut at the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Wales.

Swann (pictured left, above), who played more than 60 Test matches for England before retiring in December last year, will drive a Ford Fiesta R2 at Wales Rally GB (13 - 16 November).

Swann, formerly the world No1 ranked bowler in one-day internationals, is a passionate motorsports fan. Now a TV presenter for BT Sport in UK, which broadcasts the WRC, he is a regular attendee at major motorsport events.

His Fiesta will be run in the national section of the rally by M-Sport, the British-based squad which fields Mikko Hirvonen and Elfyn Evans in the WRC.

Graeme Swann - ready for Wales Rally GB

Swann will undertake rigorous training to gain his rally licence and his preparations and exploits on the rally itself will be filmed by BT Sport for an exclusive documentary later this year.

“I just can’t wait to get started,” said Swann. “I’m champing at the bit to train, get my licence and learn the car and the Wales Rally GB course. Growing up close to Silverstone race circuit meant cars and bikes were never far away from me.

“I’ve raced sports cars in the past and am never too far away from races and Grand Prix, but this is a whole new level for me,” he added.

The three-day rally comprises 13 stages covering 157.81km.

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