Championship showdown for Beebe on Wales Rally GB Reigning R3 British Rally Champion Matt Beebe heads to the final rounds of the British Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, in the midst of a three way fight for the 2007 title, and with double ...
Championship showdown for Beebe on Wales Rally GB
Reigning R3 British Rally Champion Matt Beebe heads to the final rounds of the British Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, in the midst of a three way fight for the 2007 title, and with double points on offer it's all to play for.
Nuneaton resident Matt has clinched at least one major championship title every year since he began rallying but heads to Wales with only two world rally championship starts under his belt. However, after winning his class en route to finishing as first production class 2 wheel drive home on the 2006 event the young service technician then clinched the British Rally Championship 2 wheel drive Group N title on last years event.
Despite facing the might of the works Suzuki Swifts Matt has continued to impress throughout 2007, even though his budget has to be one of the smallest in the championship. And on the back of a highly successful test recently Matt, who will be co driven once more by Welshman Gareth Roberts, heads to Cardiff in a confident mood.
The fight for the title is incredibly close this year but with double the points on offer it could go anyone's way. Our strategy is to ease ourselves into the first few stages and then see where we are, pace wise, before launching an attack. I recently did a test in Mid Wales and thanks to some new dampers from AVO the car handles really well now.
Matt, whose m3motorsport and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College run MG is backed by Eastern Airways, PIAA and AVO, is currently 16 points adrift of the class leading Suzuki. However with Wales Rally GB split into two points scoring rallies there is a maximum of 40 points still on offer.
Matt has been preparing for this years final round by spending extra time training, courtesy of Cannons, and is hoping that this extra effort could give him the edge over the arduous marathon rally that waits.
Before he heads to Wales Matt will contest a charity race for Cancer Research UK on Sunday 25th November. Almost immediately afterwards he will travel to South Wales to begin a two day recce before taking to the ceremonial start in Cardiff on Thursday 29th November 2007 for the three day rally.
For more on the charity race please visit www.theraceagainstcancer.co.uk