Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Peart to resume championship challenge on Jim Clark rally

Burton Pidsea rally driver Chris Peart will resume his BRC Challenge rally championship campaign next weekend when he contests the Jim Clark Challenge event in Scotland.

Peart has enjoyed a good start to his season, taking fourth and second in the two events so far, a performance which sees him lying in second place in the championship standings.

Round three of the championship sees a move to tarmac, the previous events having been held on gravel forestry tracks. Peart and co-driver Jamie Forrest had planned to used a Vauxhall Corsa S1600 in tarmac specification instead of their usual Vauxhall Astra but a shortage of time has meant that it has not been possible to set the car up and test it.

"The Corsa should be more suited to the tarmac stages on the Jim Clark but unfortunately we’ve been so busy at Peart Auto Services that we did not get time to check the set-up of the car and test it," said Peart.

"The roads used on the event are very challenging and it would’ve been risky using the Corsa with no set-up work, it’s vital to have a car that handles well."

"The Astra has served us well on the previous two rounds so hopefully we’ll be able to be up near the top of the leaderboard again."

"After this event we’ve got a few weeks until the next championship round on the Isle of Man so we’ll aim to get the Corsa ready for that."

The rally kicks off next Friday and the Challenge crews will compete over 67 stage miles on closed public roads in the Duns area.