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Sykes shock invite into Wales Rally GB
11:12am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
STOURBRIDGE rally driver Richard Sykes received a pleasant surprise when offered a place in the prestigious Wales Rally GB.
The invite follows him finishing second in the British Rally Championship Challenge.
Russ Thompson was crowned champion, taking the title from Sykes, who had to finish third in the final event, to claim the runner-up spot, As part of the prize for winning the championship, Thompson was offered a place in Rally GB, but was unable to accept.
Consequently, the prize was offered to Sykes instead.
He said: “The phone call came completely out of the blue. “I immediately accepted the offer as it’s a fantastic opportunity and I shall be driving the Citroen C2 R2 Max to within an inch of its life.”
Sykes has confirmed Jonathan Boucard will be his co-driver as usual partner Simon Taylor is still injured, while Emma Morrison, who was his co-driver at the Sunseeker Challenge, is already competing in Rally GB with another driver.
Sykes was under pressure to do well at the Sunseeker Challenge and made an excellent start.
He was second fastest on the opening spectator stage, which took place in the grounds of Somerley House and was holding third place after three rounds.
However, he had a few scares on the final round when his power steering failed.
He said: “We had to drive 10 miles without the power steering, which is very tough to do in the forest. We managed to get through, but my arms were shot to pieces by the end of the stage.”
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