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MSA Academy co-driver Phil Hall returns from single-make outing in Germany to tackle Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time.

Despite racking up numerous FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) events, British rally co-driver Phil Hall will make his debut on his home round of the series as he contests this week’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (26-29 October).

Fresh from helping Opel Adam Cup pilot Fred Field to a top ten place in the category at the final round of the series in Germany last weekend, Hall will now contest the penultimate round of the WRC alongside British Rally Championship ace Tom Williams. The duo will make their debut in an MH Motorsport Fiesta R2T and will hope to capitalise on their previous WRC outings earlier this year.

Hall has enjoyed yet another busy season in the co-driver’s seat which has seen outings in New Zealand and mainland Europe as well as domestic championship outings throughout the year.

Last weekend’s Opel Adam success marks the first of three events in quick succession for the 28-year-old from Mansfield, Nottingham and is now eager to tackle his home WRC round.

“It’s always bugged me that I’ve competed pretty much across the world yet have never done my home round of the World Rally Championship,” says Hall.

“I have plenty of experience of the stages thanks to my outings in national events but of course Wales Rally GB is just on another level with stages up to 35km long it will be much tougher than last time I was in them. I`ve been wanting to do the event since I started co-driving but my schedule has never quite enabled me to do it so I`m really excited for the week ahead”.

Just last weekend, Hall guided Field to seventh place in the ADAC 3-Städte Rallye, ensuring Field bagged a top ten finish in the series. Despite joining him in the latter point of the season, the backed co-driver has enjoyed his outings in the ultra-competitive single make formula.

“It’s been a fantastic championship to be part of and I’ve really enjoyed rallying in Germany. Getting well inside the top ten on the events in the first year of the series is a great effort and it’s very satisfying to end Fred’s season on a high”.

With just one day in between the two events, Hall now heads for the Deeside based Rally GB to join Williams in the Fiesta.

“It’s been a super busy year but I`m used to going from one event to another, it’s all part of it for me,” he says. “I head straight from GB to Australia as well so I`ve been doing a lot of prep work beforehand to make the transition as slick as possible. But first I need to focus on the week ahead; it’s going to be a tough one.”

The Dayinsure Wales Rally GB is the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship and is based at the Toyota plant in Deeside on the Wales border. After two days of pre-event reconnaissance on Tuesday 24th October and Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th hosts’ shakedown and the opening Super Special Stage at Tir Prince.

Friday 27th takes crews into Mid Wales whilst Saturday 28th houses the longest day of the event with evening stages ensuring the leg finishes around 11pm. Sunday 29th rounds off the event with just four stages before the ceremonial finish celebrations in Llandudno from around 13.30 that day.

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

Image credit Jakob Ebrey Photography

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