Pikes Peak Rally

Road book to the podium Starters 48 Re­sult 7th

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Features -

It’s fair to say that my de­but into the rally world was a case of be­ing thrown into the deep end. Based in mid Wales, Pikes Peak was a new event and the first ded­i­cated road book nav­i­ga­tional event to be run in the UK for 40 years. Un­like other UK ral­lies, this event was run solely on a road book (a scroll of pa­per with dis­tances and di­a­grams used to find your way) mean­ing that com­peti­tors had to nav­i­gate their own way around the 90-mile route, reach hid­den check points, ad­here to speed con­trols, not to men­tion at­tempt­ing to set the fastest time on the re­sult­defin­ing 18-mile Spe­cial Stage.

De­spite the bru­tal, core-freez­ing weather, my road book rally de­but couldn’t have gone much bet­ter. With zero pres­sure or ex­pec­ta­tion on me to per­form, I lis­tened to the hard-earned ad­vice from my men­tor Moly, rode within my­self and con­cen­trated on the road book and nav­i­gat­ing cor­rectly. This strat­egy paid off and as a re­sult I avoided any speed­ing penal­ties, reached all the hid­den check­points, and be­cause the AJP had such a large fuel tank it meant I didn’t have to re-fuel so I avoided the pre-set five-minute time penalty, which in turn pro­pelled me up the leader­board.

My day got even bet­ter when the re­sults came out, in fact I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes. From the 48 starters I fin­ished sev­enth over­all and third in the un­der-450cc Rally bike class, tak­ing the scalp of a former Dakar rider on a full blown KTM rally bike!

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