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Hard and fast - in Hull! Former Junior Rally Champion Phil Spratt takes to the forest stages of North Yorkshire next, as he competes in the third round of the BTRDA Silkolene F1400 Championship, the Willingham Recovery North Humberside Stages ...

Hard and fast - in Hull!

Former Junior Rally Champion Phil Spratt takes to the forest stages of North Yorkshire next, as he competes in the third round of the BTRDA Silkolene F1400 Championship, the Willingham Recovery North Humberside Stages Rally on March 29th.

Based in Hull, the event utilises the classic North Yorkshire Moors forestry stages, including the likes of Dalby and Cropton. For Walton on Thames based Spratt, it is the beginning of yet another set of new circumstances. Former co-driver Harry Sandison from Cleethorpes makes the short journey across the Humber Bridge for his local event of the year. The event will be Harry's first forest event, and 23 year old Spratt's second ever gravel rally.

Also new for the event is a new sponsor. BUPA Hospital Hull and East Riding is supporting BUPA employee Spratt for his first venture into the area, as he looks to improve on an excellent 11th Silkolene F1400 car on the Wyedean Rally. Despite having a standard engine and standard gearbox, Spratt's performance in the Vauxhall Nova SR was all the more impressive.

With the North Yorkshire stages well known for high speeds on the long straights, First Choice Digital Print of Bromley supported Spratt is hoping that the standard and therefore longer gearing in his Nova will be less of a disadvantage this time out. The former Bromley resident is champing at the bit for next weekend:

"I'm really looking forward to this event. Its great to have the support of my employer, BUPA, on board for this rally as well. I'm also looking forward to reuniting with my usual co-driver Harry Sandison. Although its Harry's first event in the forests, I'm sure he will do an excellent job and I have every faith in him from our past experiences.

I've heard that the Yorkshire forests are very fast and I'm not sure how that will affect our fairly standard car. Hopefully the longer gearing will help us in places. I'm sure its not a place for the faint hearted so I'll be trying as hard as possible to get into the Top Ten of the BTRDA Silkolene F1400 up there. That is my aim and I'm sure that Harry will be pushing me every step of the way - and as he is an ex-boxer, I can hardly say no!"

Spratt, the 2002 ANWCC Junior Champion, will be looking to contest as many rounds of the remaining Silkolene F1400 Championship as possible, and is currently exploring his options in order to progress to a quicker machine.

-www.hardandfastrallyteam.co.uk.

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