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 action packed weekend for the WD-40 rally team. Saturday saw them compete in the Nicky Grist Stages of the BTRDA championship. The guys were on good form after registering two wins in their last three races and were determined to make it three in four. The 45 mile event was made famous by Wales Rally GB and was always going to provide a tough test. However, the team were more than up to the challenge, achieving a first place finish, winning 5 of the 8 stages and achieving a winning margin of 8 seconds. With only two races remaining the guys are still very much competing for the championship title. Next up is Woodpecker (Ludlow) which will be followed by the final event of the season, Trackrod (North Yorkshire)
Steven Petch & Michael Wilkinson entered the DMACK Carlisle Stage at the weekend with a great deal of confidence after their past three successive wins. Typical of the British summer, the rain was pelting down all morning making the driving conditions very wet and slippy, it was a real battle against the elements for all involved. But the guys held their nerve and still managed to put in great performance finishing in 2nd position. Stephen & Micheal missed out on 1st place by ¾ second to Peter Taylor, a local driver who is somewhat more experienced in a wet forest environment. Callum Black, Stephens biggest competitor so far this season finished in 3rd. With this result, Stephen moves upto 3rd in the Overall Championship Standings, just 19 points behind 1st placed Callum Black with 3 races remaining. The next round will be back on Tarmac at the Nicky Grist Stages in Wales on the 8th of july. #WD40RALLY