Trackrod Challenge next for Midlands Rallying Ace Multiple rallying championship winning driver Matt Beebe heads to this weekends International Rally of Yorkshire, the penultimate round of the 2007 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally ...
Trackrod Challenge next for Midlands Rallying Ace
Multiple rallying championship winning driver Matt Beebe heads to this weekends International Rally of Yorkshire, the penultimate round of the 2007 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, embroiled in a tough battle for the championship lead.
Matt, who at the wheel of his aged but trusty MG ZR160, clinched the R3 title in 2006, had been experiencing a strong run in 2007, with a class win on the Jim Clark, and second place on the International Rally Isle of Man, to lead the class and sit comfortably inside the top 10 in the overall BRC standings!. The Nuneaton based vehicle technician was all set to add another class win to his tally on the notoriously tough Ulster Rally, 4 weeks ago but a cruel engine failure on the second to last stage, whilst dominating the category, cruelly dashed his hopes.
Although a handful of points were still taken courtesy of super rally, Matt and co-driver Gareth Roberts head to Yorkshire needing a good result on the power hungry event in order to set themselves up for a Wales Rally GB showdown.
Ulster was a funny old rally. It bit us last year and this year we treated it with more respect. Then without warning the engine let go right at the end! Cruel, but c'est la vie, we had to just pick up the pieces and get on with it. The guys at m3motorsport have been great, worked tirelessly re-prepping the car for the return to gravel, so now it's up to me to get a good result.
The recent Rally Day at Castle Coombe provided Matt with the opportunity to 'run in' the PIAA and AVO supported, m3motorsport and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College run MG, whilst a brief gravel test in Wales has helped give Matt a bit more seat time ahead of the rally.
The Pickering based event takes in some of the famous RAC stages of old, including Dalby and Cropton and with over 100 stage miles in 1 day of rallying presents the drivers with a formidable challenge. The rally starts at 9am on Saturday 6th October with the first car due back mid afternoon.