MH Motorsport aim for Cadet hat-trick in Scotland
Josh Cornwell & Richard bliss in action
MH Motorsport have their sights set on their third British Rally Championship Cadet category win in a row at the RSAC Scottish Rally this weekend.
MH Motorsport will be aiming to lift Cadet Cup front-runner Josh Cornwell onto the top step of the podium for the third time this season as the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) heads to the RSAC Scottish Rally this weekend (19th/20th May). After taking wins in the first two rounds of the championship on the Border Counties Rally and Pirelli International Rally, Cornwell will head the MH Motorsport Cadet Cup challengers and will bid to further extend his 26 point lead in the series. The Hampshire based team will take a total of five Ford Fiestas to the BRC qualifier. Two Junior Championship contenders will vie for honours in the 1.0litre R2T version whilst the three Cadet runners will use the 1.6 litre R2 version, designed as a stepping stone into the British Championship. Cornwell and co-driver Richard Bliss have enjoyed a mostly trouble free start to their BRC Cadet campaign, dominating the leader board on both gravel outings so far this season. Winning the opening Border Counties rally by three minutes, his result was complimented by another solid victory at the Pirelli Rally despite snapping the gear lever in the early stages of the event. Another win is undoubtedly on the cards for the youngster. “We have pretty much done our own thing this season and it seems to be working looking at the leader board” says Cornwell. “We had a rather slow start to the Pirelli Rally so I’m conscience that we don’t do that again in Scotland, especially as the opening two stages could be run in the fading daylight. We just need to stay out of trouble and keep the pace up that we have shown so far this season.” Enjoying two solid point scoring events in a row, Nabila Tejpar and co-driver Charley Sayer-Payne are the only all-girl crew in the series and also pilot the Fiesta R2. Tejpar has sighted an increase in pace as the goal for the season ahead and she has admirably matched her objectives with ensuring she bags points for her Cadet Cup assault.
Nabila Tejpar & Charley Sayer-Payne in action at the Pirelli International Rally “We were really still finding our feet on the Pirelli but we had a good benchmark to work from after the first round” says Tejpar. “The Scottish Rally will certainly be one that I want to ease myself into and keep building on the speed aspect. I had some gravel testing last week which felt really good and also a solid finish on the Manx National the weekend before was a great confidence boost. I just need to develop that confidence throughout the event and keep scoring the points.” Alex Waterman made his BRC debut at the Border Counties Rally in March and in only his second season of rallying, will look to the Scottish Rally to bag his first points of the year. He will be joined by Tom Woodburn in the codriver's seat as Harry Thomas is unavailable. Waterman has had to learn fast this season and has impressed with a string of competitive stage times. Sadly two non-finishes so far have meant a zero score which he hopes to correct in Scotland.
Alex Waterman & Harry Thomas in action at the Pirelli International Rally “Not finishing the Pirelli was extremely frustrating as we were really enjoying some good seat time” says Waterman. “But it all comes with the sport. Having come off the back of a great run at the Manx national I am looking to take all that confidence into the Scottish, although it's a completely different surface, it's still been important seat time. Tom has co-driven for me before and we get on really well, so I will be looking to make the most out of having him in the car and hopefully get some good points on the board”. The RSAC Scottish Rally kicks off on Friday 19th May in Dumfries with two stages in the fading daylight that evening. The remainder of the stages takes place on Saturday 20th before the ceremonial finish in the town of Moffat on Saturday night.