MG Team Spirit drivers Rob Stone & Tim Seipel finished the 2003 season on a superb high, both winning their classes on the final round of the National Tarmacadam Rally Championship.

Rob in the class N3 ZR160 had an amazingly battle all day with the team that were holding onto second spot in the championship. The crews were separated by split seconds and with just two stages to go were still tied. Rob managed to find something special though on the penultimate stage, doing just enough to grab the win and climb to second place in the final championship standings.

As well as second place in the N3 classification, Rob also clinched second in the Formula 2 class for homologated up to 2 litre cars and won the award for best junior driver, an amazing performance considering the crew's late start to the season, missing two of the seven rounds.

Tim, driving the smaller engined ZR105 in class N1 only needed a finish to secure the championship win but after the first stage even this was at risk as he had suffered almost complete brake failure. Fortunately the service crew replaced most of the components before the second stage and the problem never returned.

From that point on, Tim drove with getting to the finish firmly on his mind but still managed to catch and pass all his class competitors for another class win in 2003, which just goes to show how good the MG ZR is. In this, Tim's first full season of rallying to win a National Championship is an excellent achievement and one he will look to build upon for 2004.

The team will certainly be returning from the forthcoming awards evening with a sack full of trophies after this successful weekend and will now direct their time to securing sponsorship for the 2004 season.



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