Mun­nings fin­ishes tough de­but rally

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Eigh­teen-year- old novice rally driver Catie Mun­nings achieved her goal of fin­ish­ing the Ypres Rally be­fore hav­ing to re­turn home to Kent be­fore the rally start to sit her fi­nal bi­ol­ogy A-level exam.

Her start to the Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship counter couldn’t have gone worse af­ter she crashed her Peu­geot 208 R2 at the pre-event test.

“It’s fair to say the rally didn’t get off to an easy start, but then we were able to steadily im­prove and get to the end, which was my only ob­jec­tive,” said Mun­nings, who was taking part in only her sixth rally and her first event with pace notes and an R2 car. Hav­ing started the event with a gap of 17 sec­onds per kilo­me­tre to the fastest R2 run­ner, she got that down to 10 sec­onds per kilo­me­tre by the end, fin­ish­ing 65 th over­all and win­ning the ladies’ cat­e­gory. Mun­nings, whose fa­ther Chris com­peted on the Bel­gian cham­pi­onship in the 1990s, is plan­ning se­lected ERC out­ings this year prior to the en­tire ERC Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship in 2017.

Mun­nings is bal­anc­ing ERC de­but with A-level ex­ams

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