Title goes to the wire!

Trackrod Rally Yorkshire win keeps title hopes alive!

Bexhill based rally crew Andrew Coley and Dan Pearce ensured that their fight for the MSA National Gravel Rally Championship would go down to the wire with a class win on the Trackrod Rally of Yorkshire.

Having had a difficult last rally in Wales the APCsport duo had to secure class victory to remain in championship contention for the final round, a task that was made a little easier when their main title contender announced they would have to miss the Yorkshire round.

Andrew commented: "We missed the Manx Rally earlier this year when I literally couldn't afford to enter, and our competitor won the class in our absence. We knew with them not coming to Yorkshire that it would be easier to win the class and level the championship, but it added a different pressure having to drive to make sure we finished the event."

Rally Yorkshire in renowned for it's daunting long straights on the gravel roads of the Dalby Forest complex, with the APCsport crew of Andrew and Dan touching 100mph on several occasions in their Peugeot 206. The recent dry weather also ensured that at times the dust hanging in the trees created an almost fog like level of visibility, which combined with the high speeds increased the risks involved.

Despite the fearsome stages the APCsport crew had an problem free run and won class A6, elevating them back to the top of the championship standings with one round to go, the Bulldog Rally in North Wales on the 18th of October.

Dan Pearce remarked: "It was a strange rally for us; it's much easier when we push hard, the pacenotes and the car work much better than when you back off a little to try and save the car. We've had a few moments through the day but we've got the result we came for and are looking forward to the last round."

The APCsport crew has to finish in front of their competitors on the Bulldog rally to win the championship, a daunting task as the rival car has a 90bhp power advantage and a vastly better handling chassis. Should both crews retire from the event, they would end the year on the sam e points total, with Coley and Pearce winning the title based on their victory in the first round.

APCsport are grateful for the support provided by the following companies in 2008:

Kumho Tyres
Millers Oils
Schroth Racing
M-Tech Bodyshop
Langleys Automotive
Motorhaven Peugeot




















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