Horsey ends Wales Rally GB on a high
Mombasa born Peter Horsey ended a difficult and character building Wales Rally GB on a high note when he completed the final stage of the event third fastest amongst the five Pirelli Star Drivers! Earlier Peter had lost time with an electrical glitch but was pleased to complete his maiden season in the World Rally Championship with a near faultless drive in the Welsh forests.
Peter and co-driver Calvin Cooledge had hoped to use a combination of local knowledge from Welsh born Calvin and prior experience of some of the stages from Peter ' s rallying exploits in the British Rally Championship to good effect. This positive attitude took a blow when the car gradually lost power during the opening day and ultimately forced the pair to super rally whilst the problem was traced.
With the Ralliart Italy Mitsubishi Evo X restored to full health for the second day of action Peter focused on improving his stage times and was just aiming for a trouble free run to the finish of the rally. A slight excursion into the undergrowth on the first run over the famous "Halfway" stage was the only major drama on a day that saw the pair hampered by continually catching slower cars. More cars were caught and passed throughout Day 3 but this did not stop Peter from improving on his first pass through the final Margam stage by 14 seconds as the 27 year old ended his maiden WRC season on a positive note.
This rally rivals Finland as the best WRC event that I have ever done. The first day was really difficult as we struggled with a severe loss of power and then we kept on catching slower cars on Day 2 and 3 but overall I've loved this weekend. The stages were fantastic and I really enjoyed myself today.
This is a great way to end the year and I must say an enormous thank you to Pirelli and to Ralliart Italy for all of their efforts this season and to Spedag and Civicon for their continued support.
Peter now flies back to Kenya to contest the final round of the Kenyan National Rally Championship next weekend. Dez Page Morris will codrive for Peter in his Civicon backed Mitsubishi Evo 9 on the Nairobi based Guru Nanak Rally.