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Rally co-driver Phil Hall will continue his dynamic career progression with a second successive season in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) in 2019 alongside fellow countryman Tom Williams, becoming the only British crew to contest the prestigious five-round series.

Hall, 28 from Mansfield will launch into a JWRC programme in which he aims to beat his 10 th place result from 2018. He will re-join Williams in the fight to win the biggest prize in rallying, a brand-new Fiesta R5 and WRC2 entry for 2020.

He is often regarded as one of the leading new-generation British co-drivers, and in 2019 will embark upon his fourth full season in the World Rally Championship after making his debut at Rally Australia in 2015.

The RAF Reservist embarked on his inaugural WRC programme in 2016 in the Drive DMACK Trophy and would spend 2017 on a whirlwind tour of the world, co-driving for a variety of rapid youngsters. He would join Williams for the first time at Rally Finland that year, forging a lasting partnership that saw the duo contest the Junior WRC together in 2018.

The MSA Academy graduate has enjoyed a busy co-driving calendar but is delighted that he and Tom will continue for a second year in the JWRC.

“It was pretty clear throughout last year that Tom and I have been progressing well as a team and I`m focussed on continuing to move forward in 2019,” said Hall.

“We had a clear goal set out in front of us and that was to gain experience of the events in the championship. This season, Tom and I can push a little bit further to see what we can do in the new cars”.

M-Sport Ford, the team behind the Ford World Rally Championship programme have been responsible for providing the Ford Fiesta R2’s to the JWRC category. 2019 will see a new model take to the stages. Powered by a small but punchy 1.0litre turbocharged Ford EcoBoost engine producing approximately 200 brake horsepower, around 15 crews will battle for the coveted prize and the first step of the ladder to progress into the WRC2 feeder series.

The backed co-driver was able to finish each JWRC event he started in 2018, providing valuable experience to the co-driver’s seat this time around.

The season kicks off with Rally Sweden before heading to the mountainous twisty asphalt of Tour de Corse in the island of Corsica. Sardinia provides the only event in the series which Hall has never contested before, providing an additional challenge for the all-British crew. Neste Rally Finland marks the penultimate round where Hall has vast experience of the of the infamous super-fast jumps before the season rounds off on home soil at Wales Rally GB in October.

Despite his previous experience of the World Championship and other global events, Hall believes the season ahead will still be a challenging season.

“I have plenty of experience to draw on going into this season, but I think it will be one of the most competitive yet in the JWRC. The new cars will add an extra dimension to the championship as no-one will really have much time to test them so it’s almost like we will have to learn the car from the beginning. I’ve worked hard through the closed season on both my fitness and stamina so hopefully, I can bring all my skills together both in and out of the car. It’s going to be a very exciting season, and one that I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.

Hall is partnered by and the Royal Air Force in 2019.

Image credits M-Sport/JWRC

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