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tyneside14 (147)Just days after returning from a Rally America class win with Chris Duplessis on the New England Forest Rally in the USA, British rally co-driver Phil Hall stayed slightly closer to home as he contested last weekend’s Tyneside Stages Rally in Northumberland. Guiding Fiat Abarth driver Georgia Shiels across the notorious Otterburn Military Ranges, Hall was happy to finish a solid 9th in class and 51st overall against much more powerful machinery and Shiels using her own pace notes for the very first time.

In only their second event together, the pairing looked to gain valuable seat time in the near standard Fiat and develop a pacenote system that Shiels would feel confident with.  Having used route notes provided by the organisers previously, they used the opportunity to carry out a pre-event reconnaissance and despite a few amendments during the event, had a trouble free run to secure a top ten class position.

26 year old Hall was pleased with how the weekend progressed. “It was great to be able to help Georgia make her own pace notes for the very first time” he explains.  “It’s a skill that many drivers these days fail to develop but it’s essential to make consistent notes if you want to progress further in the sport.  Of course we had a few alterations to make after the first pass of the stages but that’s only to be expected and I`m pleased with the result too considering the Abarth is classed with cars with a lot more horsepower than ours. It was like our own little victory to finish unscathed. I think there is plenty more to come from Georgia too as she gets used to her notes and grows in confidence.”

It was an important event for the 25 year old Royal Air Force employee as it was a qualifying round of the RAFMSA Rally Championship in which Hall is contesting during 2014.  “I`m glad I managed to get some points on the board for my championship aspirations this year” said Hall.  “It’s been such a hectic time for me recently but it’s good to still keep my eye on the RAFMSA series after winning the newcomers award last year. Obviously I can’t win that again, so I’ll just have to set my sights a little higher this time…”.

Hall is sponsored by TR Enterprises, Historic Sporting Cars, Blidworth, Notts.

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