Rally of Wirral preview

by Jamie Edwards Warrington driver Daniel Dunbabin finally gets his 2001 championship season underway next month, as he and co-driving brother Clive compete in the Rally of Wirral on the banks of the River Mersey. The talented duo will be...

by Jamie Edwards

Warrington driver Daniel Dunbabin finally gets his 2001 championship season underway next month, as he and co-driving brother Clive compete in the Rally of Wirral on the banks of the River Mersey.

The talented duo will be aiming to be the class of the Peugeot Super 106 Cup contenders on the all new tarmac event, which uses the Promenade in New Brighton for 40 miles of short and sharp stages. The new event has been specially designed to avoid the Foot and Mouth problems which have cancelled or postponed many other rallies.

With team sponsorship from the Shropshire Rally School (www.rallyschool.co.uk), Crosby Training (www.crosby-training.co.uk) and Paul Wilson Motoring Services of Warrington, the Dunbabin effort looks as strong as any other team bidding to win the Super 106 championship and a works Peugeot 206 rally car for 2002.

Despite the recent lay off due to Foot and Mouth, Danny was looking positively towards the first round of the series:

"It's been an incredibly frustrating time lately - the car has been fully tarmac prepared in readiness for this event, and although the stages are very short and a bit "Mickey Mouse", everyone is in the same boat. Both Clive and I have been to the venue before so we know what to expect. Its going to be flat out from the word go - but we're ready for the challenge and I'm confident that we can be right up there all day."

With the leading teams from the Formula Rally championship also set to begin their championship campaign on the same rally as the Super 106 cars on May 12th, the New Brighton event aims to be a non stop day of action and fun for teams and fans alike.

2000 BTRDA runner up Danny's twin brother and co-driver Clive thinks that neat driving will be the best way forward for the unique rally stages that public roads can offer;

"From a co-driver's point of view, there are lots of artificial bends, hairpins, and chicanes to call, so I'll certainly be kept busy. The New Brighton Promenade can be a little tight in places, so both Danny and I will have to have our eyes open for anything and everything!"

The next round of the Peugeot 106 Super Cup is yet to be confirmed due to the ongoing Foot and Mouth problems.

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Series Other rally
Drivers Paul Wilson