Peart and Con­nor to com­pete in Ypres in hon­our of Dick Archer

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Chris Peart and nav­i­ga­tor John Con­nor will con­test this year’s Ypres Rally in hon­our of Dick Archer.

Peart and Con­nor com­peted in the car for the first time on the ORC Canal Rally – also in Bel­gium – and now the two will com­pete in Ypres on Archer’s favourite rally as a trib­ute.

Archer died in De­cem­ber last year after a brave bat­tle with can­cer. He was most fa­mous for his an­tics in var­i­ous Vaux­hall As­tras.

“The idea came about at Dick’s fu­neral,” ex­plained Con­nor. “Chris Peart who is a good mate said ‘do you want to do Ypres with me as we can do it as a trib­ute to Dick.’ And I said ‘of course I do’. Chris’ ser­vice crew used to work with Dick when he was with Mer­lin and in the F2 days, so they knew each other longer than I’d known Dick. One of the ser­vice lads used to co-drive for him, Tim Rogers who com­petes in the BTRDA. Ob­vi­ously we’ll drink some beer and do what I think is one of the best ral­lies in the world.”

An­other Fi­esta R2 crew com­pet­ing on the event is Jamie Brown and Joe Crut­ten­den. They’re also in new ma­chin­ery as they are com­pet­ing in the turbo ver­sion of M-sport’s R2.

It’s Brown’s sixth at­tempt at Ypres, and he’ll be hop­ing any is­sues with the car have been sorted, as they fin­ished first fron­twheel-drive car on Rally van Wervik – also in Bel­gium – which they used as a pre-event test.

“The first is­sue we had was with the elec­tron­ics, and the sec­ond I bent the steer­ing.

“The stages in Ypres are pretty much the same I think apart from a few, so that’s good. They’re quite nice to build up the pace on.”

An­other Bri­tish crew,ti­mothy and Simon Jones, will also com­pete in a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 1.6-litre Fi­esta R2.

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