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Rally Portugal: Peter Horsey final leg summary

Horsey takes top ten on WRC Young Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey and Tanzanian based co-driver Moses Matovu finished a very impressive eighth overall amongst the Production Class Cars on the recent WRC Rally Portugal and in doing so scores...

Horsey takes top ten on WRC

Young Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey and Tanzanian based co-driver Moses Matovu finished a very impressive eighth overall amongst the Production Class Cars on the recent WRC Rally Portugal and in doing so scores their first ever finish in the World Rally Championship, ending the gruelling rally 35th overall!

After an early retirement on their debut in Turkey Horsey and Matovu were focusing purely on finishing the Faro based rally this weekend and did not put a foot wrong throughout the three days, gradually improving their pace as they adapted to the car, a freshly built Mitsubishi Evo X run by Ralliart Italy.

Horsey was especially pleased with his pace notes, a critical ingredient over the very technical roads around the popular sea side resort in the South of Portugal but did have to adjust his seat height to help with visibility over the many crests on the stages. This was also the first time he had experienced how cut up the roads would be on his second pass and commented on how they were much rougher than he had expected them to be; there were massive boulders being pulled out of the bed rock and it would have been easy to hit one and puncture or damage something!

Speaking back at the Algarve Stadium after the last of 18 special stages Horsey was full of smiles; after the disappointment of Turkey this feels fantastic! We had a really good confidence building rally and I've now had some valuable seat time in the car. Everything is still so new to us but I'm really enjoying myself now. Next we head to Finland which is an event I am really looking forward to!

Moses Matovu, Peter's co-driver, was also pleased to be back at the finish; this weekend has been a lot of fun for us. We have both learnt a lot and will go and have a sit down to discuss where to improve things. Our notes are critical as next is Finland with all of its blind crests and high speed corners... one event that I am very excited about!

Horsey and Matovu will return to Kenya shortly for the next round of the Kenyan National Rally Championship which takes place at the end of June. The pair also intend to contest a selection of tarmac events to prepare themselves for WRC Deutschland and Rally France.

-source: peterhorsey.com

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Series WRC
Drivers Peter Horsey , Moses Matovu