Tejpar aiming for Ulster comeback after costly RSAC Scottish Rally BRC roll
Nabila Tejpar is hoping to return to the British Rally Championship on the Ulster Rally after a roll on the RSAC Scottish Rally ruled her out of the last round, the Nicky Grist Stages.
Tejpar suffered eye damage after the shunt, but returned to the cockpit of a rally car at the Eifel Rallye – in historic campaigner and father Aziz’s DAF 55 – last weekend and is confident of a return.
Tejpar said: “It wasn’t as bad as I thought and it was nice to do [get back in a car] in that way. I’ve got another check-up next week to make sure [everything is fine] but I’m feeling OK.”
Tejpar’s Ford Fiesta R2 needed a new bodyshell and is currently being repaired by MH Motorsport, the team that has prepared her car this year.
“The back end kicked out slightly and as I tried to correct it, there was a ditch on the outside, it’s just sucked us in,” she added. “After the crash I was fine but about six hours later I started seeing dots. It turns out I detached something in my eye. I’ve got 20/20 vision back now.”
This is Tejpar’s first season of closed road and gravel rallying after spending last year competing on single venue events. The Dare to be Different advocate is competing with Allied Polymer on her car – made famous for backing Ari Vatanen’s BRC campaign in the 1970s. Father Aziz bought the rights to the previously defunct company.