8th November, 2001 Formula Rally Round 7 Banbury Rally At long last, the TOTAL supported Peugeot 206 will debut on the final round of the Formula Rally series, the newly formed Banbury Rally. The brilliantly coloured "Linford Green" Super 1600...
8th November, 2001
Formula Rally Round 7
At long last, the TOTAL supported Peugeot 206 will debut on the final round of the Formula Rally series, the newly formed Banbury Rally. The brilliantly coloured "Linford Green" Super 1600 will be put through it's paces on it's competitive debut by a new driver to the Formula Rally, but one well acquainted with Peugeot Sport.
Former British Rally Ladies Champion Barbara Armstrong is entrusted with the debut drive, the very first time the car will turn a wheel in anger. A Daventry based Scot, Barbara acquitted herself very well for Peugeot Sport in the recent World Cup Rally, finishing second after an extremely gruelling 20 days over fantastic terrain through the Sahara and back. Just reward is to gain a works seat in the premier championship in the UK, driving for the same team.
Ieuan Thomas from Wales will co-drive. Ieuan is delighted to step up within the team, having spent most of last year working with Justin & Andrew Bargery on gravel note duties.
With the last of the suspension only just received from France, the first stage of the event will be the first time the car will turn a wheel on gravel. Justin Dale had tested the 206 at MIRA, but only some 20 miles in tarmac trim. The 206 is in the early stages of development at the moment, and it's appearance at the Banbury Rally will be treated very much as a test, although a good result is also on the cards.
Justin, currently lying a very close second in the Driver's championship in the Formula Rally series, is going to stay with his trusted steed, the Peugeot 106 Super 1600. This is so that he can concentrate on gaining full points in the driver's championship. To finish ahead of Martin Rowe in the Ford will ensure his victory, despite the fact that Ford has already secured the Manufacturer's Championship.
Andover based Justin and Manxman Andrew Bargery have signed for Peugeot Sport for next year, and it would be good to start the year with the number 1 on the door, so that is the intention for this event.
Martin Sansom is still leading the Privateer Category in his Peugeot Super 1600 106 prize drive and has to finish in front of, or one behind his rival Simon Mauger to secure the title.