by Geoff Mayes
Steve Petch Senior, the proprietor of SG Petch Motorsports and a former national rallying ace, returns to action on the Malton Forest Stages in North Yorkshire this weekend for what he is calling 'a bit of fun!'
Petch Sr was a regular at the head of the field in the late 1990's and earlier in the 'noughties' but hung up his helmet and went into semi-retirement two years ago. Since then the Durham based businessman has returned to action for the occasional blast and more often than not still runs near the top of the leaderboard thanks to his rapid pace.
The last time he competed in a rally was two months ago on the Trackrod National Rally where he was trading times with son Stephen until the transmission broke near the end of the event.
Steve will again use the very same Mitsubishi Evo 9 on this weekend's Malton Forest Stages and will be hoping for a more successful run.
"We're just going out for a bit of fun," he confirmed. "I'm definitely not thinking of making a full time return to rallying, but there are some forests that I still love competing in, and Dalby is certainly one of them.
"We're not worried about our pace, just as long as we have smiles on our faces at the end of the day."