Pressure on for Todd as failure at Malton Forest Rally could mean the end of her Wales Rally GB campaign
Peta Todd, Help for Heroes patron and former glamour model, faces her last chance to qualify as an international co-driver ahead of Wales Rally GB (13 – 16 November).
Less than a week after an impressive third in class at the Galloway Hills Rally, Peta will line up alongside Sky Sports News F1 analyst, Tony Jardine for the Malton Forest Rally in North Yorkshire. The pressure will be higher than ever for this event as finishing is imperative. Failure will mean the loss of the third signature required for her international licence necessary to achieve her ultimate goal of competing at the final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.
In order to maximise Peta’s chances, and to further improve her rapidly-developing co-driver skills, she will be joined this weekend by a true master of the art, M-Sport WRC co-driver Daniel Barritt. Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in the passenger seat and is currently the co-driver for young Welsh wizard Elfyn Evans. His meticulous attention to detail will make him a perfect teacher for Peta ahead of the biggest challenge of her short rally career.
Daniel is under no illusions about the challenge Peta faces, commenting: “Peta is up against it. She’s obviously learned the basics in the last two rallies, but by the time Wales Rally GB comes around, she will have to be a good co-driver full stop, so there is a lot she will still need to learn.
“Co-driving isn’t just about road books and pacenotes, although those are obviously crucial skills, but there are loads of little things Peta will have to understand to be a good co-driver, and hopefully the short time I have with her this weekend will help her pick some of them up.”
Peta admits that she is nervous ahead of the weekend, but has stressed that she won’t let the pressure get to her: “The intensity is really stepping up now; I’ve barely had time to recover from my previous rally before I’m straight back in the car. This weekend will be tough, and I need to avoid making any mistakes, because if I do, that could be it.
“Working with Daniel Barritt will be huge. He’s a real expert at co-driving and hopefully I can learn a lot from him this weekend. I’ve got to take in as much as I can, because the better a co-driver I am, the lower the chance of me making a mistake and failing to finish the rally. So I will keep calm, listen to Daniel, and hopefully cross the finish line with a smile on my face!”