Driver of the Caribbean

Al­batec boss pre­pares for Mar­tinique event

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Al­batec Rac­ing Team prin­ci­pal Andy Scott will make his Mar­tinique Ral­lye Tour (MRT) de­but this week­end, in his 2017-spec Ford Fi­esta R5.

Sup­ported once again by Mo­tis, Rock Oil and Teng Tools, Andy re­turns to the Caribbean for the third time this year and will be joined by Bar­ba­dian co-driver Tony Pile who sat along­side him on the re­cent Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos.

The for­mer open ral­ly­cross cham­pion and twice Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship run­ner-up is dove­tail­ing his ral­ly­ing ca­reer with ap­pear­ances in Bri­tish and Euro­pean RX.

Most re­cently, his out­ing in the lat­est round of the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in Swe­den saw a su­perb per­for­mance net two race wins and the seventh fastest over­all heat time on his way to se­cur­ing a place in the semi-fi­nals.

Andy’s re­turn to ral­ly­ing started last year when he rented a Mk I Ford Es­cort for Sol Rally Bar­ba­dos with Rashid Philipps as co-driver, run­ning third in class be­fore a tech­ni­cal is­sue saw them crash out on the penul­ti­mate stage.

This year the Lochfoot racer con­tested the Carter’s Pit Stop Stages as a shake­down to Sol RB18, where Philipps re­turned to the co-driver’s seat, when they fin­ished ninth over­all and fourth in class.

Last time out on Sol RB18, Andy was joined by Tony for their first event to­gether. The pair set some im­pres­sive stage times on their way to 11th over­all and third in class.

This year’s MRT marks the first ap­pear­ance for both of them as they look to im­prove on their per­for­mance last time out.

The fourth Mar­tinique Ral­lye Tour gets un­der way to­day (Fri­day, July 20) and con­sists of 146 kilo­me­tres over 16 spe­cial stages.

Andy Scott said: “I’m ex­cited to be head­ing back to the Caribbean to con­test the Mar­tinique Ral­lye Tour, an­other new event for me.

“The com­pe­ti­tion there will be even more fierce with a big­ger en­try of R5s an­dalthough I’m not sure yet of the cal­i­bre of the driv­ers tak­ing part, I’m sure they’ll all put up a strong fight.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to a new chal­lenge.

“The first goal is to fin­ish the rally. It’s hard to pitch ex­pec­ta­tions at this time un­til I can see the level of com­pe­ti­tion but I’m cer­tain it will be an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m also look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Tony again af­ter our good run in Bar­ba­dos.

“It will be a new event for him too but I’m con­fi­dent in his abil­ity to get us through the stages.”

Team prin­ci­pal Andy Scott will make his Mar­tinique Ral­lye Tour this week­end

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