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rs13_sunprev01Stourbridge rally driver Richard Sykes is aiming to finish his rally season with a flourish at the weekend when he contests the final round of the BRC Challenge championship, the Sunseeker Challenge rally.

Sykes finished second on the last round in Yorkshire in his Bathams Brewery, Boroughbridge Marina, Silverstone Tyres and G I Sykes-supported Citroën C2 R2 Max and he heads to the Poole-based event still in with a chance of retaining the championship crown he won last year although he is relying on the current leader having a bad event.

“The result in Yorkshire gave us a real boost after some bad luck on other events this year which has cost us points. It’s still mathematically possible for us to win the title but championship leader Russ Thompson has beaten us all year on the gravel events so if he has a good run then the title will be his. Rallying can be cruel sometimes though and with double points on offer for the last round I’ll still be pushing hard to keep the pressure on him and I’m feeling very optimistic about the event. I’ll be happy to finish second in the championship if we don’t win it, that would be a brilliant result after the season we’ve had. A win would be a real bonus.”

With usual co-driver Simon Taylor still injured Sykes will once again have Emma Morrison in the co-drivers’s seat.

“It’s disappointing that my trusted sidekick and good friend Simon is unable to compete and we are missing his valuable ginger input but the very organised Emma has filled his boots and we’ve started to gel in the car which bodes well for the Sunseeker.”

“The event was my favourite gravel event last year and the organisers put on a great show on the sea front as well as the super-fast technical forest stages. Young driver Aaron McClure has informed the BRC Challenge crews that they’ve to wear flat caps at the event which may raise a little smile and who are we not to comply?!”

Sykes is already preparing for next year and is trying to piece together an exciting deal which could see his current car up for sale after the Sunseeker.

Image courtesy of Simon Clarke

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