It will be a battle of the Petch’s this weekend as SG Petch Motorsport team boss Steve Petch goes head to head with his son Stephen once more on the forthcoming Grizedale Forest Stages, which starts from Coniston this Saturday.

Stephen Petch Junior Bulldog 2008Although now officially retired from rallying Steve still enjoys the occasional blast around the forests, and after a strong second overall on the recent Malton Forest Stages, he has proved that he is still as quick as ever.

Son Stephen, the 2007 Mitsubishi Evo Challenge Junior champion, has recently completed his first full season at the helm of a world rally car when he used one of the SG Motorsport Hyundai Accent WRC’s to good effect, finishing second overall in class B13 after a year of highs and lows where the young County Durham driver showed his maturity with a string of reliable runs in all conditions.

“It’s good that Dad and I get to have another battle with each other this weekend. The Grizedale Forest Stages are always well organised and a brilliant way to end the season. I’m not sure what the weather conditions will be like but I’m sure it won’t be plain sailing out there.” said Stephen.

The Coppermine Grizedale Forest Stages takes place on Saturday 29th November 2008. Based in Coniston the 41 stage mile long rally takes in six stages in the Grizedale Forest complex, with the action beginning at 9:00am.

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