County Durham’s favourite rallying family returns to action on the forthcoming Trackrod Rally when Stephen Petch Junior and his father Steve contest Saturdays rally in a pair of SG Petch Motorsport run rally cars.
Stephen is contesting the full 2008 ANCRO Gravel Rally Championship in a Hyundai Accent World Rally Car, this being his first full season in the technologically superior machine. And whilst the young rallying ace may have struggled on occasion he heads to the penultimate round lying second in class. Having enjoyed strong runs on this rally in the past, Stephen will be hoping for a similar run this weekend.
“The summer break is always a really busy time for us and it means i don’t get to compete much. The last rally I did was the Swansea Bay Rally in July so I just hope I’m not too rusty on the first couple of stages. My Dad is also doing the rally in my old Group N car. It’s quick down the straights so I reckon we could have a good little family battle.” said Stephen.
Although now officially retired from rallying Stephen’s father, former champion Steve, returns this weekend. Having enjoyed top 3 runs on the Trackrod Rally in the past few years Steve should still go well this weekend, as he dusts off the Mitsubishi Evo 9 which Stephen drove to the junior title last year.
The 2008 Trackrod Rally offers competitors over sixty stage miles through some of the most famous forests in the area, including Dalby, Cropton and Langdale. The first car departs from Pickering Showgrounds at around 12 noon and is expected back just after 6pm.