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MSA Academy rally co-driver Phil Hall secured an impressive result in the ultra-competitive Opel Adam Cup last weekend, taking ninth in the category alongside upcoming driver Fred Field at ADAC Rallye Niedersachsen in Germany (8th/9th September).

Just weeks after securing his second FIA World Rally Championship finish of the year at ADAC Rally Deutschland alongside British Rally Championship contender Tom Williams, Hall returned to mainland Europe to join Field for the second time in the Adam Cup.

The duo overcame treacherous conditions and a brief off road excursion to take a solid ninth from eighteen starters in the series, grabbing several top 5 stage times over the closing stages of the event.

A handful of stages under the cover of darkness would kick off the event and despite the slippery conditions; Hall guided Field through the tests to end the leg in 10th overall.

A poor tyre choice during the opening loop of the second day would hamper progress up the leader board but once the duo settled into a comfortable pace, they made inroads on their position. A fourth fastest time over the closing test vaulted them into ninth spot to earn a solid haul of points towards Field’s championship ambitions.

“It’s been a really tough event and the competition in the Cup has been as close as ever this weekend,” said Hall. “But to be mixing it towards the top end of the guys in the series is a real achievement and I really do enjoy competing in Germany. There is a great atmosphere and to have almost 20 of us in identical cars battling it out provides great competition”.

But the backed co-driver doesn’t have time to rest. Straight after his Germany success, Hall travelled back to the UK for a whistle-stop session with the MSA Academy development programme before heading out to contest the final round of the British Rally Championship alongside Tom Williams at the Rally Isle of Man (14-16 September).

The “Manx” is dubbed one of the hardest sealed surface events on the rallying calendar and despite spending much of his season overseas, Hall is looking forward to the challenge of the event.

“It will be great to be back in the British Championship,” he says. “The competition there is as close as ever so it’s a good benchmark for the future. The rally is known the world over for its roads and not just because of the TT. We will need to be on the top of our game and I can’t wait to help Tom make the most of the experience, hopefully we can have a clean run”.

Rally Isle of Man takes place over three days and provides 150 miles of stages around the island.

Hall is sponsored by WWW.ITSMYMOTORSPORT.CO.UK
He is also supported by the MSA Academy, Oakley and the Royal Air Force.

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