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Phil Hall will take on two of the toughest challenges of his career in the next fortnight, as the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC) co-driver takes on the legendary Tour de Corse (28-31 March), before climbing up to the Mount Everest base camp at a lung-bursting 18,000ft, just a week later.

Hall, from Mansfield will be contesting round two of the prestigious JWRC alongside fellow Brit Tom Williams and the duo will be aiming to build on their career-best fourth place at Rally Sweden last month. Hall will enjoy his third stab at the Mediterranean island event and cites the rally as “his favourite” in the WRC calendar.

However, as soon as the rally finishes, Hall will embark on a further trip half way across the world to Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest. Located in the Himalayas on the international border between Nepal and China, Hall will climb to the Nepalese base camp and although he won’t attempt the summit, will still push himself to the limit on his trip to the “roof of the world”.

The 30-year-old RAF Reservist is enjoying his fourth season in the WRC, second in the JWRC and has had an almost dream start to his 2019 campaign. Despite the difficult conditions in Sweden as higher ambient temperatures turned the traditional snow to slush and mud, Hall would guide Williams to his maiden top-three JWRC stage time on their way to fourth place.

The five-round series now turns to the iconic island of Corsica and marks the switch to asphalt. Sheer rock faces and huge cliff edge drops are coupled with tight and twisty roads through villages on the rally and with almost 350 kilometres of flat out action ahead, it is one of the toughest in the calendar.

But Hall cites the event as one of the best in the series and is looking forward to whatever the rally can throw at the backed co-driver.

“This is one of the most challenging rallies I’ve ever contested and although its hard for a driver, this rally takes the co-driver’s seat to another level” he says.

“The nature of the roads and the detail required in the notes means I have to be absolutely perfect with every note delivery. Doing that for three days solid requires plenty of stamina and concentration but its immensely rewarding. I need to be at the top of my game to guide Tom to another top finish and that is certainly the game plan. It’s another difficult rally for tyres so I`ll need to help manage those as well but my previous experiences on the vent will help that”.

As soon as the rally is over, Hall will make the trip to Asia and Mount Everest, supporting a long-time mountaineering partner in his expedition to the peak. Despite the logistics, its an opportunity too good to miss.

“Extreme adventure is a passion of mine and this is a huge opportunity for me” says Hall.

“It will also further my fitness training which I am always keen to enhance and having some high-altitude training is a rare opportunity. It’s certainly an exciting chance to further my mountain experience and maybe one day I can come back and make an attempt on the summit of the world myself. It’s going to be a busy month that’s for sure”.

Tour de Corse starts on Friday with two loops of three stages and no opportunity for service, is followed by a long journey north to overnight in Bastia. Saturday contains over half of the total event mileage with Sunday offering just two tests to round off the event near Calvi.

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

Image credits M-Sport/JWRC

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