Matthew Jackson and co-driver Sasha Heriot will be back in action on this weekends Phil Price Memorial Woodpecker Rally. The Ford Fiesta R2T pairing will be hoping for a return to form after a turbo problem on the Nicky Grist Stages resulting in a 2 minute time loss.
The Woodpecker Rally based out of Ludlow Racecourse features 45 competitive stage miles across the fabulous Haye Park and Radnor Forests. 170 competition cars will cross the start line on Saturday morning, ready for what is set to be a very fast trip through the Welsh scenery. Starting number 128, Matthew & Sasha are targeting a podium class position in what is, once again, a very strong class of competitors.
‘We are really looking forward to getting back out on the Woodpecker. We left the Nicky Grist very disappointed after the mechanical woes. A box full of new parts have been fitted, so we hope these are now behind us. Again, there’s such a strong entry in the class, with some very fast stages, so we hope to put in a strong performance once again. The budget has taken another knock after the mechanical issues, but it inspires me all the more to get back out there and see what we can do!’
Without a pre-event test due to budget and resource constraints, the Carbon Positive Motorsport supported team are realistic with their expectations. As current leaders of the W4 class and 2WD vehicles overall in the Motorsport UK Pirelli Ravenol Welsh Rally Championship, a sensible approach is required.
As with all events in the BTRDA Gravel and Welsh Rally championships in 2022, a live stream will be available from many stage side locations. Please keep updated with the social media of the events and championships in the links below. Remember, look out for car 128! (Note, the field is running in reverse order!)
Live results for the event can be found: https://results.btrdarallyresults.co.uk/results/?e=647&simple
Please check back for an update post event!
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