Re­tal­lick hope­ful of Rally First ti­tle push

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Emily Re­tal­lick is hop­ing that her re­cent Rally First vic­tory will spur her on to challenge for the ti­tle in the BTRDA this year.

Re­tal­lick be­came the first fe­male to win a round of the Vi­tal Equip­ment Rally First Cham­pi­onship out­right af­ter a strong run on the Plains Rally on May 14. In only her sec­ond sea­son of BTRDA com­pe­ti­tion, the 29-year-old is rev­el­ling in the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I did one rally last year and it was com­pletely ad­dic­tive,” said Re­tal­lick. “On the morn­ing of the Plains I felt re­ally good and ob­vi­ously it worked out well.”

Peu­geot 205 driver Re­tal­lick is hop­ing that her win will inspire other women into the BTRDA, with a short­age of fe­male rally driv­ers in com­pe­ti­tion in the cham­pi­onship.

“I’m very happy [to be the first fe­male win­ner],” she added. “It’s a real shame more women aren’t do­ing it.”

Now the Es­sex native is hop­ing to challenge se­ries leader Do­minic Hodge, who leads the cat­e­gory by two points. Both he and Re­tal­lick have a score of a sin­gle point to drop, mean­ing the cham­pi­onship is up for grabs.

“I seem to get on well with the car, I have a 205 road car too. I bought the car from Do­minic as he wanted some­thing a bit more com­pet­i­tive. Hope­fully we can go on and challenge him,” she said.

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