Hunt gets Peu­geot for 2017 Dakar

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Bri­tain’s Harry Hunt will be­come the first pri­va­teer to drive a Peu­geot 2008 DKR on the Dakar when he joins the PH Sport team for next Jan­uary’s South Amer­i­can marathon.

Hunt an­nounced his switch from the Mini team ear­lier this week and will com­pete in the car Cyril De­spres used to win the Silk Way Rally ear­lier this year on next week’s Morocco Rally.

Hunt fin­ished 10th on his Dakar de­but ear­lier this year. This will be Hunt’s first time com­pet­ing in a rear-drive buggy-type car, hav­ing run a four-wheel-drive Mini All4 Rac­ing pre­vi­ously.

He said: “It’s ac­tu­ally only the first time that I’m re­peat­ing an event I’ve done be­fore, so it will help me a lit­tle bit to know what’s com­ing. I’m also de­lighted that Andy [Schulz, co-driver] will be join­ing me once more on this lat­est ad­ven­ture. His ex­pe­ri­ence is go­ing to be ab­so­lutely vi­tal.”

Khalid Al Qas­simi will join Hunt in the PH Sport team for Morocco (Oc­to­ber 1-7). The UAE rally star has no cur­rent plans to take one of the ex-works PH Sport-run ma­chines to Dakar next sea­son, but he is un­der­stood to be think­ing about it. Al Qas­simi and Kris Meeke tested a 2008 DKR in France last month.

ROAD RALLY ROUND-UP

De­spite se­cur­ing the HRCR Club­man Cham­pi­onship on the pre­vi­ous round, Matt War­ren/andy Pul­lan showed no sign of eas­ing off as they took their eighth vic­tory of the se­ries on Satur­day’s HERO Chal­lenge. Once again Howard War­ren/ Iain Tul­lie were the brides­maids, tak­ing the run­ner-up spot.

The Chal­lenge in­cluded a well-sup­ported Club­man rally; this utilised a shorter route and tests were pe­nalised on a class im­prove­ment sys­tem. This rally was won by the Porsche 911 of Nigel Perkins/ Pete John­son, who led through­out the day. Steve and Julie Robert­son re­cov­ered from be­ing de­layed by a non-com­pet­ing car and a horse on the first sec­tion to take sec­ond place even­tu­ally.

Richard Hem­ming­way/ Sam Col­lis se­cured a last-minute win on the Clithero­nian Rally af­ter erst­while lead­ers Tony Har­ri­son/ Paul Tay­lor struck car prob­lems on the fi­nal sec­tion. Hem­ming­way/ Col­lis had led for most of the night but were reeled in by Har­ri­son/tay­lor be­fore the lat­ter’s en­gine went sick with just four miles re­main­ing.

Or­gan­iser: HERO When: Septem­ber 24 Where: Throck­mor­ton Cham­pi­onships: HRCR Club­man Route: 135 miles and 9 tests 83

Mcrae fin­ished sec­ond on the Fram Fil­ters Welsh In­ter­na­tional Rally

Hunt: Dakar re­turn

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