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Phil_Hall_PR1_15CodriversSeatBritish rally co-driver Phil Hall will make the trip to Cumbria next weekend as his contests his first gravel event of the season, the Malcolm Wilson Rally. Based in Cockermouth near the North West Coastline, the event is the second round of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Championship and will mark a return to the co-driver’s seat for Hall alongside rising talent Rhys Yates who will be driving his newly acquired Ford Fiesta R2.

Having contested selected events with Yates in 2014, 25 year old Hall is reunited with the Ford pilot and will mount an assault on the MSA English Rally Championship this year.  After a busy 12 months travelling the globe co-driving for a wide range of competitive drivers, Hall anticipates another busy season ahead and is keen to start his motorsport activities with the best possible result.

“Last year was undoubtedly the best of my career so far and of course competing in the Rally America series with Chris Duplessis was certainly a highlight” he explains.  “But I’m equally excited to be contesting the BTRDA series alongside Rhys in the Fiesta this year and I think our chances for a class title are pretty good. We had a great run on the Dukeries Rally last year in the Suzuki and we work really well together so I’m confident of a good showing in Cumbria”.

The ambitious youngster from Nottingham will continue to assist in the development in young drivers and the BTRDA Rally series is an excellent proving ground for rising talents to showcase their skills. The Malcom Wilson Rally is the second round of the series and will attract a full to capacity entry for the one day event which takes place within the Lake District forests.  Hall has previous experience of the Grizedale and Greystoke forests which form the stages of the event, but not from the same side of the car.

“I’ve competed on the event before, but as a driver and in my old Subaru Impreza” he says.  “I really enjoyed the stages then but I’m looking forward to being on the opposite side of the car this year.  Co-driving is really where my heart is and I have some fantastic opportunities on the horizon. But our assault on the English Rally Championship is important to retain some valuable seat time for me and it will be nice to see us challenging for class honours once we have settled into the car”.

The Malcom Wilson Rally is sponsored by M-Sport, the outfit which runs the Ford World Rally Team and the event uses their impressive base at Dovenby Hall as rally headquarters. The March 7th event provides over 44 competitive stage miles in the forests of Cumbria.

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

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