BTCC driver Boardman's Malton Rally summary

First class Boardman in Malton success. Monday 15 December 2003 - [YORK] British Touring Car driver Tom Boardman contested his second consecutive rally in two weekends on Sunday, as he took part in the MEM RollTek Malton Forestry Rally, winning...

First class Boardman in Malton success.

Monday 15 December 2003 - [YORK] British Touring Car driver Tom Boardman contested his second consecutive rally in two weekends on Sunday, as he took part in the MEM RollTek Malton Forestry Rally, winning his class and finishing an excellent 20th overall in the ProSpeed Motorsport Peugeot 206 XS.

VARTA backed Boardman was being partnered by top Welsh co-driver Craig Parry (Welshpool/Four Crosses) for the first time, and the Lancastrian from Forton had another steep learning curve to contend with in the forests of North Yorkshire.

After finishing an excellent 3rd overall on the opening round of the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup, Boardman was using the Malton event as preparation for the second round of the Peugeot backed series. After his promising performance on the Galloway Hills Rally, Boardman enlisted the help of the experienced Parry for the Yorkshire event, which allowed maps to be used instead of route notes. It was yet another challenge for the Peugeot 307 racer.

On a typically cold December morning, Boardman's first stage in the 206 didn't go too well, with the 206 cutting out midway round. Fortunately the car restarted straight away and the problem did not surface again during the day.

Boardman had a lot to learn in the forests of Gale Rigg and Cropton. Parry was helping to convert the 20 year old to a number system of describing the bends ahead, and after a couple of stages, Tom really began to understand the number style and it was working very well for him. The new pairing had gelled well together and were enjoying their day. At second service, they had built a strong class lead and were really getting to grips with the slippery stages.

With one final loop of stages to go, Tom kept the hammer down as he continued to extend his class lead, winning by a minute. For only his second ever stage rally, it was an excellent result, and the youngster was delighted with another day of learning and experience building:

"Yes, today went really well for me. Galloway Hills was a bit of culture shock to say the least, so today was an ideal opportunity to build on what I learned there, and move forward. Having Craig alongside was brilliant. He really kept me relaxed and I really got to grips with the number system for describing the bends, so that was much better for me. It was much easier to understand after the first couple of stages and it definitely gave me greater confidence for the afternoon stages.

Craig did a great job on the maps and we really enjoyed the stages - his experience of reading the maps really made a difference in helping me progress today. The ProSpeed Motorsport 206 ran superbly, despite the small cut out problem in the morning. Apart from that, it was a case of fuel, water and tyres - and winning the class was just fantastic. A really unexpected bonus to what had been an excellent day for ProSpeed, Craig and myself".

Boardman's next outing will be the Red Kite Stages, based in Llandovery on Sunday January 4th.

-psm-

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