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MSA Academy co-driver Phil Hall rounded off his year with a FIA World Rally Championship class win in Australia, taking the RC4 honours at the Kennards Hire Rally Australia (16-19 November 2017) alongside Ford Fiesta R2 pilot, Rhys Pinter.

Hall, from Mansfield in Nottingham has enjoyed yet another busy year in the co-driver’s seat, contesting events across the world in a wide range of domestic and international outings. After competing in Rally Australia with Pinter two years ago, Hall would return to the event in a bid to finish his season on a high as the World Rally Championship season comes to a close.

Despite the mammoth journey to contest the event, the supported ace felt right at home in the country and was excited to be reunited with Pinter and the team. After a brief test, Hall was ready to take on the gruelling event which would consist of 318km and 21 stages, of rugged forest and sandy stages spread across three days.

Progression was the theme and despite being the only two wheel drive car entered in the International section, Hall and Pinter would aim to swap stage times with the more powerful four wheel drive machinery.

With eight stages on the opening day, Hall guided Pinter through around 70km of flat out driving and would end the leg with a trouble free 27th overall. Day two would be slightly more eventful after a quick roll left the Fiesta battered but fully functioning, enabling the duo to battle on and effect repairs overnight.

Sunday was the shortest leg of the event but heavy rain and the resultant muddy conditions made the going tough for the Fiesta. Hall would duly ensure Pinter kept out of trouble to add another WRC finish to the Brit’s tally, finishing in 21st overall and taking the RC4 class honours. Hall was understandably delighted at the result.

“It’s been a mega rally and despite a few knock backs along the way, Rhys drove really well this weekend and I’m chuffed to have bagged another WRC class win” said Hall.

“It certainly wasn’t easy by any means but of course that’s the lure of contesting these long haul events. I really enjoy contesting the WRC rounds and I have the added bonus of getting to catch up with all the Australian friends that I’ve made during my rallying exploits out here in the past.

It was fantastic to have the support of Oakley Australia during my trip and the event has been a great end to the season. It puts me right where I want to be as I move into what looks like a very exciting 2018 ahead”.

Hall is sponsored by WWW.ITSMYMOTORSPORT.CO.UK
He is also supported by the MSA Academy.

Image credit Aaron Wishart – Wishart Media

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