Red hot driver George Lepley slides to second at Woodpecker rally
Championship-winning driver George Lepley stormed to second place in his debut four-wheel drive rally.
Lepley, 21, was behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Evo X at the Woodpecker rally, one of the most popular events in the BTRDA calendars.
Lepley said: “The Evo I used was quite heavy and didn’t have the modern technology of some of the cars we were competing against, let alone the driver experience as this was my debut rally in the car.”
The Collingham driver was used to the rear-wheel drive and historic Avenger, which he drove during this year’s championship win.
He said the switch in cars proved to be very challenging.
“It took more thinking about to maximise the cars potential, with a totally different driving style required,” he said.
“We had one test in the car before the rally in dry conditions, so to go to the first two stages wet was interesting.”
Lepley was third overall after stage two, and in stage three, he beat the entire 150 car rally to move up to second.
“It was a mega achievement and a day that couldn’t have gone any better,” he said.
“I can’t wait for the Trackrod in North Yorkshire at the end of the month, where the car should be more suited.
“Now I have got some miles under my belt in the car, I should be able to hit the ground running and fight for the overall win.”
Trackrod, on September 28, will be Lepley’s final outing in 2019.