Peugeot adds ski star to Gateshead celebrity car

Ski star joins Peugeot 206 Super Cup in Gateshead. British Alpine Team member and Winter Olympic ski star Alain Baxter will drive the Peugeot 206 Super Cup celebrity car on the Pirelli National and Pirelli Gateshead Rallies. The double ...

Ski star joins Peugeot 206 Super Cup in Gateshead.

British Alpine Team member and Winter Olympic ski star Alain Baxter will drive the Peugeot 206 Super Cup celebrity car on the Pirelli National and Pirelli Gateshead Rallies. The double header is on Friday and Saturday 25th & 26th April and is the second round of Peugeot's one make championship.

Snowsport GB, the British Ski and Snowboard Federation, which has been responsible for the management and promotion of Snowsport athletes since 1964, is sponsored by Peugeot Motor Company. Alain is one of the success stories and he is in the running for selection on Team GB for the Olympics in Turin 2006, and has won two Europa Cups this season.

Alain, whose team has seven skiers in the world top 100, has never driven on a rally before but he passed the new Motor Sports Association rally driving test in a Peugeot 206 with flying colours earlier this month.

Although he is no stranger to speed, the forests of Kielder will prove more of a challenge than his experience on the Silverstone handling stage, and he will be looking for some guidance from his experienced Welsh co-driver, Aled Davies. They will have a chance to drive the car on the Thursday before the rally. Alain will then test his slalom ability on some of the sweeping corners of the notorious Kielder forest and to add even more intrigue, the Friday stages will run into darkness.

The rally starts from Baltic Square by the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead at 5.30 on Friday afternoon with two spectator stages and restarts on Saturday with stages in Kielder and central service at Hexham Mart.

-peugeot-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Other rally