Just days after successfully completing the World Rally Championship qualifier Tour de Course, MSA Academy co-driver Phil Hall has secured a deal to head to Australia at the end of May to contest the National Capitol Rally alongside rising Aussie star, Rhys Pinter.
After contesting Rally Australia two years in row with Pinter during 2015 and 2016, the itsmymotorsport.co.uk backed co-driver will return to the continent to assist in Pinter’s assault on the FIA Asia Pacific and Australian Rally Championship round in his now familiar Ford Fiesta R2.
The 28 year old from Mansfield near Nottingham is one of the most progressive co-drivers in the current era and was called up by British asphalt ace David White to contest the fourth round of the World Rally Championship in Corsica.
After guiding him to a top 50 finish, no sooner had Hall landed back in the UK but he received a call from Pinter confirming plans to contest the Canberra based event after the Fiesta star received backing from JDH Capital.
“Rhys and I have been talking about competing together again for some time and I know he has been working really hard to get back in a rally car again” says Hall.
“He has received the backing of a new sponsor for the rally which is fantastic news and I’m very excited to be competing alongside him in Australia again. We really gel well in the car together and there is always a great team atmosphere with Rhys. I`d hope we can do well on his home turf.”
The National Capitol provides over 230km of stages spread across two days and whilst it falls short of the mileage provides by last week’s Corsican event, the rally will provide an equal challenge for Hall.
“Any time you got to an event outside of your home country you always have to be conscience that you have done all the preparation you can. This is a round of the FIA Asia Pacific Championship too which really is a big deal in the Southern Hemisphere so it will certainly not be an easy event by any means. But the preparation before the event will be key and I`ll of course be able to use my experience from Rally Australia and the Japanese Rally Championship in 2015 to help. I really can’t wait to head out there again”.
The National Capitol Rally takes place on the 26th – 28th May.
Hall is sponsored by WWW.ITSMYMOTORSPORT.CO.UK
Image credit – Aaron Wishart