The final round of the Total supported Peugeot 206 Late Challenge Cup takes place this Sunday [October 26].

The 55 mile South of England Tempest Rally is based in Aldershot and uses MOD land around the nearby Rushmoor Arena.

2003 has seen an innovative new format for the Total backed Peugeot one make rally championship.

The Late Challenge Cup comprises the final three rounds of the successful 206 Super Cup and the Tempest Stages, with the winner of this mini series collecting a 206 road car at the end of season awards ceremony.

Welshman Sebastian Ling leads this series, sharing points with 2003 Super Cup champion Shaun Gallagher, but the prize car cannot be taken by the winner of the Super Cup. So whilst Gallagher can score points, his inclusion in the table merely spices up the battle even more, taking maximum points on two rallies and leaving the prize mathematically available to competitors down to ninth place.

Ling is new to Peugeot one make championships but has made his mark in 2003, setting consistently competitive stage times all year. Catalan driver Joan Roca has secured second place in the 206 Super Cup but wants to go back to Spain with a win under his belt; a win that will be made difficult by Chris Moore. The Geordie desperately needs to win to help cover the cost of losing his rally car in a fire earlier in the season. Gareth MacHale has improved and matured immensely during his short time in the Peugeot 206. He led the Late Challenge Cup after his second place in Ulster so will have a point to prove on the stages around Aldershot.

Olly Marshall cannot take the Late Challenge Cup, having not started the first round whilst recuperating from a workshop accident. The Yorkshire entrepreneur competed on the Tempest last year and is now back to full fitness, so he should have a slight advantage over some of the field. George Philippedes rounds off the championship top ten and whilst the Greek was fifth Peugeot last year, he has had a challenging season and has struggled to raise the budget in time.

Richard Sykes is another whose 2003 season has not gone to plan but he is keen to improve on his first round second place and end the year on a high. Series regulars Trevor Martin, Paul Jones and Paul Jones are joined by newcomer Jason Barnes while Jonathan Sparks makes a welcome return after a huge accident on the Harry Flatters Rally in August.

Although the format may all sound complicated, the outcome is simple; there will be a fierce battle on the 55 mile one day rally. The eventual winner will be harried all the way and the winning margin will be a small one.

The rally uses centralised service area at Pegasus Village near Aldershot where there is a spectacular super special stage. The event starts at 8am on Sunday with the first car finishing back at the Pegasus Village service area at around 4pm.

 

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