Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship Class B10 leaders Roger Priestnall and Jamie Forrest are looking forward to next month’s Bet On Aces Manx National Rally (11-12 May), as it will be 11 years since they last contested an event on the Isle of Man – which ended in another class victory.
The pair have been rallying together for almost 20 years, beginning in an ex-works Bernard Munster Nova and going on to win the Vauxhall Challenge in 2002, which included the Manx. The Doncaster-based driver then purchased an ex-works Proton Satria S1600 in 2003, and they did several events before changing to a S1400 and becoming regular frontrunners in the ultra-competitive BTRDA 1400 championship for many years. Having returned to rallying after a break of a few years, the Proton Satria S1600 is now back to its original spec – and after a great run on the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt travels to Round 2 leading the B10 class, two points ahead of Darren Pool/Chris Beer (Vauxhall Corsa), with Kevin Harbour/Dave Tortoishell (Citroen C2R2) in third.
“We have returned the Proton Satria back to its former glory and put a new 1600 engine back in her to compete on the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship and had a great run on the Tour of Epynt with a class win,” said Keighley-based co-driver Forrest. “This will be our goal in the forthcoming Manx, but you have to treat the island with respect as it’s one of a kind, especially with the many night stages on this years event. We’re both looking forward to this year’s Manx, as it’s been eleven years ago since we last competed ‘on the rock’ which resulted in us winning the A6 class back then.”
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