County Durham based Stephen Petch Junior heads north to Jedburgh for the second round of the 2008 MSA Pirelli Gravel Rally Championship this weekend and will be hoping for a repeat of previous form on this tough test of man and machine.
Stephen, who is contesting the full series in 2008 driving an SG Petch Motorsport run Hyundai Accent World Rally Car, has previously enjoyed some strong runs on this event including sixth in the production class on the 2007 rally. With the car mechanically sound after a recent test in the hands of Steve Petch Senior, the team will be hoping that they have eliminated the mechanical gremlins which halted Stephen and co-driver Michael Wilkinson’s charge on the opening round of the 2008 championship, the Rallye Sunseeker.
Stephen said: “My dad did the Malcolm Wilson Rally recently and the Hyundai ran well, so hopefully everything should go according to plan this weekend. I’ve had some good runs on the Border Counties before and just hope I can get a solid result and open my account this weekend.”
The Border Counties rally takes place on Saturday 5th April and features over sixty stage miles in the infamous Kielder Forest complex before competitors return to Jedburgh at around 3pm.
For more on the championship please visit www.gravelrally.co.uk