by Geoff Mayes
Steve Petch Senior showed that he had lost none of his magic by putting in a near perfect performance on last Sunday's Malton Forest Stages, ending the Pickering based event second overall and setting a number of top three times throughout the day.
Using the SG Petch Motorsport-run Hyundai Accent World Rally Car that son Stephen normally campaigns Steve and co-driver John Richardson used the opening run around the Pickering Showgrounds to dust off the cobwebs.
They then went third fastest through the opening runs of both Cropton and Gale Rigg and returned to Pickering for the first service lying fourth overall. The afternoon saw Steve raising his game and on the second run through Gale Rigg he was a mere one second off the pace of Tony Thompson, the eventual rally winner.
This increase in speed saw Steve and Ian move up the leaderboard and the pair returned to Pickering in second position overall.
“Once again a big well done to the whole organising committee of the Malton Forest Stages, the event ran faultlessly and despite the atrocious weather a good time was had by all,” Petch Sr reflected.
“We had a lot of fun out there, even if the weather made it interesting at times,” he added.
At present SG Petch Motorsport has no confirmed plans for the rest of 2008 but a run for Stephen Petch Junior on the Grizedale Stages is likely.