by Geoff Mayes
County Durham's favourite rallying family returns to action on the forthcoming Trackrod Rally when Stephen Petch Junior and his father Steve contest this Saturday's rally in a pair of SG Petch Motorsport-run rally cars.
Petch Junior is contesting the full 2008 ANCRO Gravel Rally Championship in a Hyundai Accent World Rally Car, this being his first full season in the technologically superior machine.
Furthermore whilst the young rallying ace may have struggled on occasion he heads to the penultimate round lying second in class.
Having enjoyed strong runs on this rally in the past he will be hoping for a similar run this weekend.
"The summer break is always a really busy time for us and it means I don't get to compete much," he noted. "The last rally I did was the Swansea Bay Rally in July so I just hope I'm not too rusty on the first couple of stages.
"My Dad is also doing the rally, in my old Group N car. It's quick down the straights so I reckon we could have a good little family battle."
Although now officially retired from rallying, Stephen's father, former champion Steve, has enjoyed top three runs on the Trackrod Rally in the past few years. He should still go well too, as he dusts off the Mitsubishi Evo 9 which Stephen drove to the junior title last year.