Home advantage as Marshall gets back on Track. York rally driver Olly Marshall is looking forward to rallying on home soil this weekend, as he contests the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, a round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship and the...
Home advantage as Marshall gets back on Track.
York rally driver Olly Marshall is looking forward to rallying on home soil this weekend, as he contests the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, a round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship and the Peugeot 206 Super Cup.
The 22 year old from Escrick has made a long and often painful recovery from a badly broken leg sustained in a freak workshop accident earlier this year. Now nearly fully recovered, Marshall recently contested the Ulster International Rally and finished a fine 7th overall in the demanding Peugeot one make series.
Partnered as usual by Craig Parry from Welshpool, ProSpeed Motorsport run Marshall is looking forward to competing in his local forests again. Last year's Trackrod Rally was a successful one for Olly, as he and Craig finished a fine 14th overall, lifting the Class A7 Pirelli British Rally Championship in their ex-works VW Golf Kit Car. 12 months on, and Marshall is looking for a good clean run in the North Yorkshire forests:
"It was good to get back into the driving seat on the Ulster Rally" said Olly. "By the end, I was disappointed to finish 7th - it shows how far down the road to recovery I am as only a few months ago I wasn't sure if I'd still have a leg to use! Fortunately that's in the past and the leg is as strong as it was before the accident now.
The Trackrod will be an excellent event, and although I'm a "local", I wouldn't say I'm more familiar with the stages than anyone else. I've probably been in Dalby around 2 or 3 times at the most. Parts of the stages will be familiar I'm sure, and the surface is always excellent in Yorkshire. The plan for this one is simple - continue to try and get back to speed with the car, and set some good times. I'm very much looking forward to the event."
Marshall's own ProSpeed Motorsport company are also in for a busy weekend. The York based company are running a separate Peugeot 206 for Neal and Dom Murnock in the Trackrod Clubman Rally. The immaculate new car is a full Group A car as opposed to the Super Cup specification, and the pair debuted the car on the recent Hamsterley Stages Rally without any problems.
As for Marshall, his next event after the Trackrod will be the Bulldog Rally on October 17th in Mid Wales, as he continues to make up for lost time and events this year. Olly is also waiting to hear if his entry for the Wales Rally GB, the final round of the World Rally Championship, has been accepted.