Petch Jnr set for Jim Clark County Durham rally driver Stephen Petch Junior is hopeful that his recent trip to Belgium to compete in the Ypres Rally will have given him a confidence boost ahead of this weekends all tarmac Jim Clark...
Petch Jnr set for Jim Clark
County Durham rally driver Stephen Petch Junior is hopeful that his recent trip to Belgium to compete in the Ypres Rally will have given him a confidence boost ahead of this weekends all tarmac Jim Clark Rally.
Young Stephen, who is competing in the 2006 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship at the wheel of a SGP Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo IX impressed on his tarmac debut in the car, at the Manx National earlier this year. Despite no testing at all Stephen was immediately on the pace and was set for a top 3 finish in class when fuel injector problems sidelined the car.
As well as contesting the BRC Stephen is also competing in the 2006 Mitsubishi Evo cup and he and co-driver Michael Wilkinson endured an eventful day on the recent Severn Valley Rally. The pair were severely hampered by dust in the morning but once they had clean air the pair set some blistering times to climb up the leader board, missing out on the Evo Cup win by a mere 4 seconds!
Belgium was fantastic and we had a really great time. If it hadn't been for those pesky punctures we would have been pretty high up the leader board so overall I'm pleased with my performance on tar now.
Stephen will be joined once more by fellow SG Petch Scalextric team mate Rob Gill who will be contesting the Jim Clark in his Subaru Impreza a year on from finishing 11th in class on the 2005 rally. The 2 car team intends to have a brief tarmac test as a shakedown before heading to Scotland for the rally.
The rally begins from Kelso Race Course on Friday afternoon at 3:30pm and finishes on Saturday evening after 150 stage miles of treacherous tarmac rallying.