"Jennings Aims to Secure Second in the Super 1600 Championship "
Pirelli British Rally Championship
Final Round -- South of England Tempest Rally - 26th October 2003
Peugeot 206 works driver Garry Jennings and co-driver Gordon Noble head into the final round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship second in the Super 1600 category.
After a challenging year 2002 206 Super Cup winner Jennings will put all he has learnt this season to the test in his bid to hold onto second place in the championship.
The Irish duo have already secured the Nations Cup title with one round to go. They were part of the Ireland team which secured this win on the Trackrod.
The Tempest Stages rally will again be based at the superb, all-tarmac, Pegasus Village Service Park and will feature a rally show, trade-stands, corporate entertainment and concessions.
Adjacent to Pegasus Village is the Rushmoor Arena Stage, a natural bowl providing spectators with a panoramic view of the 1-mile stage that will run 3 times during the day, providing daylong entertainment for visitors without having to trek out to the forests.
The main Tempest Stages Rally will run over 14 special stages and 55 miles across Hampshire countryside. Starting at Rushmoor Arena the first car will be away at 8am on Saturday returning back to Rushmoor at 4.15pm after a mixture of tarmac and gravel stages.
After winning the 2002 Peugeot 206 Super Cup, Jennings has been on a steep learning curve driving his prize 206 Super 1600 car. He has driven the works machine on seven rallies this year and commented, "For the last two years I have been used to being very competitive in the Super Cup, driving a car I know. It's been a really challenging year for me but I have enjoyed learning. I would like to think I can wrap up second and will be certainly trying my hardest."
Co-driver Gordon Noble who has been a works co-driver for Peugeot Sport for two years commented; "The last round is our chance to secure 1st in the co-drivers championship and 2nd in the driver's. Securing this will be reward to the team for all their efforts this season."
As the season end approaches Peugeot UK Motorsport Manager, Mick Linford added; "We have had a long and testing year. Garry has had to grasp a lot of new practices, adapt his driving style and work with a whole new team of people which is all tough. It would be great for the team if he managed to secure second in the championship."
Super 1600 Championship
Kris Meeke 67
Garry Jennings 43
Leon Pesticcio 43
Ryan Champion 38
Super 1600 Co-drivers
Chris Patterson 52
Gordon Noble 49
Tim Sturla 45
"Peugeot 206 Late Challengers Battle to the Last Round" Peugeot 206 Late Challenge Cup
Round Four -- South of England Tempest Rally -- 26th October 2003
The final round of the TOTAL supported Peugeot 206 Late Challenge Cup takes place on Sunday 26th October. The 55 mile South of England Tempest Rally is based in Aldershot and uses MOD land around the nearby Rushmoor Arena.
2003 has seen an innovative new format for the TOTAL backed Peugeot one make rally championship. The Late Challenge Cup comprises the final three rounds of the successful 206 Super Cup and the Tempest Stages with the winner of this mini series collecting a 206 road car at the end of season awards ceremony.
Welshman Sebastian Ling leads this series, sharing points with 2003 Super Cup champion Shaun Gallagher, but the prize car cannot be taken by the winner of the Super Cup. So whilst Gallagher can score points, his inclusion in the table merely spices up the battle even more, taking maximum points on two rallies and leaving the prize mathematically available to competitors down to ninth place.
Ling is new to Peugeot one make championships but has made his mark in 2003, setting consistently competitive stage times all year. Catalan driver Joan Roca has secured second place in the 206 Super Cup but wants to go back to Spain with a win under his belt; a win that will be made difficult by Chris Moore. The Geordie desperately needs to win to help cover the cost of losing his rally car in a fire earlier in the season. Gareth MacHale has improved and matured immensely during his short time in the Peugeot 206. He led the Late Challenge Cup after his second place in Ulster so will have a point to prove on the stages around Aldershot.
Olly Marshall cannot take the Late Challenge Cup, having not started the first round whilst recuperating from a workshop accident. The Yorkshire entrepreneur competed on the Tempest last year and is now back to full fitness, so he should have a slight advantage over some of the field. George Philippedes rounds off the championship top ten and whilst the Greek was fifth Peugeot last year, he has had a challenging season and has struggled to raise the budget in time.
Richard Sykes is another whose 2003 season has not gone to plan but he is keen to improve on his first round second place and end the year on a high. Series regulars Trevor Martin, Paul Jones and Paul Jones are joined by newcomer Jason Barnes while Jonathan Sparks makes a welcome return after a huge accident on the Harry Flatters Rally in August.
Although the format may all sound complicated, the outcome is simple; there will be a fierce battle on the 55 mile one day rally. The eventual winner will be harried all the way and the winning margin will be a small one.
The rally uses centralised service area at Pegasus Village near Aldershot where there is a spectacular super special stage. The event starts at 8am on Sunday with the first car finishing back at the Pegasus Village service area at around 4pm.
206 Late Challenge Cup Points Table
1 Sebastian Ling 60
2 Shaun Gallagher* 60
3 Joan Roca 58
4 Chris Moore 47
5 Gareth MacHale 45
6 Mike Faulkner 33
7 Olly Marshall* 32
8 Jack Ingleby 31
9 Stuart Jones 30
10 George Philippedes 27
* Cannot win Late Challenge Cup