From the pedal to the pen…

Motor Sport News - - Dayinsure Wales Rally Gb -

Ihave to say this is a bit of a first for me. I’ve never been an ed­i­tor be­fore. Trust me, the pay’s not as good as you might think!

I’ve been read­ing Mo­tor­sport News for as long as I’ve been com­pet­ing, so it’s nice to have the chance to have some in­put into this Net­work Q guide. Es­pe­cially as I’m com­pet­ing in what’s a fairly spe­cial car for me this week.

Forty years (can it re­ally be that long?) after I drove a Vaux­hall Mag­num for the first time on the RAC Rally, I’m do­ing the same again – thanks to the help of Net­work Q, Pirelli and, of course, MIX Mo­tor­sport, which has built the car and will run it.

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to com­pete all around the world in the last four decades and I can tell you, there’s noth­ing quite like com­pet­ing at home. Nat­u­rally, I’d quite like it if the rally ven­tured to the right side of Hadrian’s Wall and went into Scot­land, but I’m happy to ad­mit the Welsh stages are some of the finest you will find any­where in the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

And I’m very happy to be back in Ch­ester again. We have so many fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries of that city, it’ll cer­tainly bring a few of those back when we line up there on Fri­day night.

If you’re com­ing out on the event, please hang around for a wee while – we’re do­ing WRGB Na­tional – and give us a wave. The spec­ta­tors have re­ally come back to this event in the last few years and that helps to cre­ate a very spe­cial at­mos­phere.

Ben Taylor, An­drew Kellitt and the whole team have worked re­ally hard to get Rally GB back to the kind of event it was and I’m proud to be tak­ing part in it again this year.

I hope to see you on the stages – but just make sure it’s from a safe dis­tance, we all need to lis­ten to the mar­shals. Have a safe and en­joy­able Dayin­sure Wales Rally GB.

Oh, and en­joy the next few pages. It’s all my own work…

OC­TO­BER 26 2016

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