Back to a targa rally at Debden

It’s been over six months since my last targa rally at Debden, and for this event I was teaming up to double drive with Cath Woodman for the first time. We’ve known each other for a long time, and she’s a very good navigator, so I wondered when I was navving for her what tips I might pick up!

I was driving first in the MG, and we had a good first loop, picking up all the code boards and secret checks which the organisers had thrown in to keep us on our toes. Then it was my turn to navigate for Cath in her BMW, and being back in RWD made me smile. We had a clean run as well and got round happily.

My driving runs were fairly clean; I had a half spin, but I was happy with my pace. Debden is a mix of tarmac and gravel and it was one of those days where the MG and I felt nicely in tune with each other. Cath was spot on with all her calls and it really helped to give me the confidence to push on. For our first time competing together, it just clicked which was great.

Going into the last loop of tests driving, I knew it was very close to make the top ten overall. Although I tried hard, we didn’t quite make it and finished 8th in class and 11th overall, just two seconds off a top ten finish. I almost made a mistake a couple of corners from the end on the very last test but a shout from Cath to get me going the right way (she’d called it correctly originally, I just had listening issues!) sorted us out for a good day’s rallying.

Photos by M&H Photography.

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