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Phil_Hall_PR10_15_CSRCo-Driver Phil Hall takes four wins from four starts in BTRDA Rally Series and grabs MSA English Rally Championship podium spot.

Ambitious rally co-driver Phil Hall continued his dominance of the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series B10 class last weekend as he guided rapid Fiesta pilot Rhys Yates to another dominant victory at the fifth round of the championship, the DMACK Carlisle Stages.  The result in the Kielder forest complex based event means Hall now tops the points tables in not only a class position, but also grabs a MSA English Rally Championship overall podium spot in the standings too.

Saturday’s (13th June) event would be the first time the round was included in the BTRDA series and provided crews with over 40 miles of competitive action in the infamous Border forests.  Notorious for being some of the toughest stages in the UK, Hall would look to his previous experience to guide Yates through the event and emerge unscathed.

Hall’s unblemished record in the BTRDA and MSA English Championships saw no sign of being under threat, emerging from the opening test in a familiar position as class leader of the B10 category.  Hall had not competed in Kielder since his British Rally Championship Stars of the Future days many years ago and had carried out extensive pre-event research on the complex to learn as much as possible about the nature of the roads prior to the event.

This “homework” proved invaluable as the event saw excessively high rates of attrition due to the forest’s tricky nature and infamous ditches. But Hall would keep Yates and the Fiesta R2 in the right direction, heading back to service at the halfway point of the day in command of the B10 class. The super-fast nature of the stages means even the most experienced co-drivers are challenged in the stages but Hall took it all in his stride and returned to the Longtown finish ramp with yet another maximum point’s haul.

“Rhys drove really well today and it’s really impressive to think this is his first time in Kielder” said Hall.  “Many more experienced drivers have succumbed to the stages today but we didn’t really have one moment all day long.  It’s a fantastic set of stages in the Kershope and Newcastleton forests and when you are flat out calling the notes as fast as you can, you know you need to be right at the top of your game or else you could end up like so many today.  It’s great sitting next to Rhys in the Fiesta and I can’t wait to be back in the Fiesta with him again”.

This achievement means Hall is a firm favourite to take yet more domestic titles in his career. In the BTRDA series, Hall is leading the B10 class with this fourth win in a row.  He also sits just seven points shy of the two wheel drive Silver Star overall lead.  In the MSA English Rally Championship, he is third in the series outright and tops the E3 standings.

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

Image courtesy of MCR Motorsport Media

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