'Tony's keen to grab points on the Clark'. Liverpool rally driver Tony Simpson returns to competitive action this weekend as he contests the third round of the British Rally Championship Stars of the Future series, the Jim Clark Rally, based in...
'Tony's keen to grab points on the Clark'.
Liverpool rally driver Tony Simpson returns to competitive action this weekend as he contests the third round of the British Rally Championship Stars of the Future series, the Jim Clark Rally, based in Kelso.
Backed by Liverpool based waste disposal company Grabhire, who are the title sponsors for Tony's efforts during the 2006 season, the Liverpudlian is keen to do well in the Scottish Borders on July 8th. Tony enjoyed a successful outing on the opening round of the series in North Wales, finishing third in class. Unfortunately, mechanical problems with the Skoda Felicia 1400 Group A machine forced him miss the second round of the series, the Pirelli Rally in Cumbria.
Now it is all change for Simpson as he will be driving on tarmac for the first time in a couple of seasons, and together with co-driver Stefan Arndt from Hampshire, Tony knows that a strong result is required to boost his championship class chances for the remainder of the year.
Grabhire will be joined in supporting Simpson by Off-Plan, one of Liverpool's leading investment and property management companies. Together with Silverstone Tyres and Service and Sport, the whole team is backing 31 year old Tony as he takes on the closed public roads near to the quiet racing town of Kelso.
Simpson has recently engaged the advice and help of the Mellors Elliott Team as he prepares for the rally, and despite having little chance to test the car ahead of the event, Tony is looking forward to getting back into the swing of things:
'I'm really looking forward to it now' said Simpson. 'It has been a long wait since April when we did the Astra Stages. That event went very well, as we decided to take things steadily and build gradually over the day. It worked out well as we finished third in our class and that was a solid start to the year. Unfortunately the Skoda developed an engine problem in between the Astra and the Pirelli Rally, the second round.
We had no option but to miss out on contesting that event, but the Skoda is back in full health now. Tarmac is always a challenging prospect, but an exciting one all the same. I'm heading to Scotland with the aim of scoring plenty of points, and to be competitive. Everyone has worked hard behind the scenes to get us in a position to be at the event, so hopefully we will have a successful weekend'.
Tony's website can be found at www.simpsonrallying.com and the official British Rally Championship website is at www.brcweb.co.uk.