Simp­son tempted by more euro­pean out­ings

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A suc­cess­ful out­ing on last week­end’s Con­droz Rally could be enough to tempt for­mer Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ner Neil Simp­son back to ral­ly­ing next sea­son.

Ab­sent for two years, Simp­son guided the Tok­sport Skoda Fabia R5 driven by Chris In­gram on Rally GB to 13th place in Bel­gium.

“I’m chuffed with the re­sult,” Simp­son said. “It took me a cou­ple of stages to get back into; it takes time to get the con­fi­dence, but we got there. I love this rally. You feel priv­i­leged to come and drive these roads and com­pete on a rally with en­thu­si­as­tic or­gan­is­ers and so many fans mak­ing you feel so wel­come. The stages were muddy in places and ev­ery cor­ner was a judge­ment call on how much we wanted to risk.”

Simp­son re­turned to ral­ly­ing in 2014 af­ter a 13-year ab­sence. Now af­ter two more years away he’s think­ing about an­other re­turn. “I’d love to do more,” he said. “It’s just time and be­ing so busy with work, but I’m go­ing to think about it and look at next sea­son.”

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