Horsey targets finish in Portugal Young Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey has admitted that, whilst his recent pace in the Kenyan National Rally Championship has been promising, his only aim for this weekends WRC Rally Portugal is a ...
Horsey targets finish in Portugal
Young Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey has admitted that, whilst his recent pace in the Kenyan National Rally Championship has been promising, his only aim for this weekends WRC Rally Portugal is a finish!
Mombasa born Horsey and his Tanzanian based co-driver Moses Matovu are one of five crews competing as part of the Pirelli Star Drive programme and the pair made their World Rally Championship debut on the Rally of Turkey in April. This event was a major eye opener for Horsey, who had never even spectated on an event of this calibre before. However his dream start, when the pair were third fastest amongst their team mates, was soon shattered when the car, a Mitsubishi Evo X, erupted into flames after a gentle roll on the second stage of the rally. Despite their best efforts the car was completely destroyed and the duo became reluctant spectators!
Horsey has made amends for this by proving that his nomination was justified when he traded times with the reigning champions and challenged for the lead of the third round of the Kenyan National Rally Championship two weeks ago. Only a smashed wheel rim prevented Horsey from being a contender for overall honours but he was still pleased to be on the same pace as the more experienced rivals around him.
I don't really want to think about Turkey anymore, it was just a dreadful way to end a rally. I was really pleased with my pace in Kisumu recently and am in a very positive frame of mind now, but our only objective for this weekend is to finish the rally without any dramas!
I've been examining in car footage from Portugal and the stages don't look too dissimilar to what we are used to and so I hope to reward the team for all of their hard work and efforts in building us a new car in time for this weekend!