After a successful shakedown test session on Friday, all of the elements were in place for an exciting showdown in the penultimate round of this years BTRDA Rally championship. With an impressive mid season run of form, Driver Stephen Petch & Co Driver Michael Wilkinson had strung consecutive back to back wins together at the Somerset Stages and the Plains Rally – mathematically, the title ‘could’ be decided this weekend! Race day and the pressure was clearly getting to Stephen, The pair had been seeded 1st for the event, which meant they were first through every stage. A few spins early on in the 1st stage cost the pair dearly putting them a long way down the rankings in 8th. There was definitely an easier way to clinch the title with the duo giving themselves a lot to do, But Stephen’s form has never been ‘out of the box’ fast and true to form the pair began setting faster & faster times. By the end of stage 2 the pair had leapfrogged back into 3rd – back in contention! In stage 4 they set the fastest time and claimed back some valuable time deficit from the early stages. At the end of the day they came home in 3rd enough points to clinch this years title with 1 round still remaining, testimony to the form the pair have displayed in 2017. CONGRATULATIONS WD-40 RALLY!! BRITISH CHAMPIONS!! The guys will be back in the car at the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire on the 30/09/2017!
Another epic win for Team WD-40 at the Plains! After winning at Somerset in April and at the Pirelli Rally a couple of weeks back, team WD-40 took to the road again on Saturday 13th May at Plains Rally in Wales. They entered the race 2nd in the overall championship, just behind Callum Black. The wet weather conditions proved to be a challenge, with the likes of Charlie Payne (2016 BTRDA champion) & Connor McCloskey tailing behind very early on. Leaving Stephen Petch and Callum Black battling it out for first place. They were level pegging at stage three but despite the close battle, Stephen managed to win the race harvesting maximum points putting him in top position in the overall championship with an 11 second lead.