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PhilHallPR9_14Royal Air Force supported co-driver Phil Hall scored a well-deserved podium result last week at Rally Isle of Man as he successfully guided Phil Bruce through the tough Manx roads in their rapid Peugeot 206. Tackling over 165 competitive stages miles across the island which only measures 32 miles in length, the event was one of the toughest in the British Rallying calendar and Hall emerged a creditable third in class and ninth overall in the National B section of the event which centred on the famous TT Grandstand in Douglas.

The Nottingham based 25 year old would need to call on all his co-driving experience during this famous event which would test both car and crew to the limits. With competitive stages taking place over 3 very long days, stamina and concentration would be paramount for the ambitious youngster if he was to keep the RAF supported duo in line throughout the event.  Having dubbed the event as one of the most favourite rallies he has competed on after a class podium on the island in the mid 2000’s, Hall was well aware of the task ahead of him. But the self-confessed “adrenaline junkie” lapped up the challenge of the event and was delighted to bring the silverware back home to his RAF Waddington base.

“Although I knew what to expect on the island, I have to say that was one of the hardest events I have ever done” explains Hall.  “The combination of long days and short nights coupled with the challenging roads really make for a test of stamina and skill, which is what really attracts me to the sport. Events like this remind me of why I go rallying and the sense of achievement when you stand on the podium at the end of the rally is second to none”.

The all-RAF supported crew battled hard throughout the event and progressed up the leader board during the rally, creeping into the top 10 overall on an event which saw only around half of the crews complete the entire route.  “Our confidence grew as the rally unfolded and as our stage times tumbled, we found we could challenge for a class podium, so we couldn’t afford to relax on the final day” said Hall.  “It was an epic class battle between second, third and fourth all rally long and it felt like we changed positions on almost every stage on the final leg. It went right down to the wire on the final stage and we were happy to not only reach the finish, but to grab third in class too. It was a faultless drive by Phil (Bruce) and one of the most enjoyable events I’ve done. It was great to be an all-RAF crew and the result will definitely help with my RAF Championship position too”.

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

Image courtesy of Phil Bruce

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