PETA TODD APPREHENSIVE AHEAD OF SECOND RALLY FOLLOWING MAJOR SURGERY
Todd is anxious, but excited, about competing in her second rally after undergoing serious surgery three weeks ago to repair a collapsed lung.
Peta Todd, who made her name as a model and is married to Mark Cavendish, one of the best sprint cyclists in the world, underwent surgery just three weeks ago after her lung collapsed for the second time.
Peta who is competing as a rally co-driver alongside Sky Sports News F1 analyst, Tony Jardine, with the objective of qualifying for Wales Rally GB (13 – 16 November), finished an incredible 13th place at Trackrod Rally Yorkshire a month ago.
The Cambrian Rally (18 October) was scheduled to be Peta’s second event but following her operation, the Prospeed Team made the decision to postpone until Galloway Hills, Scotland, this weekend (26 October). Moving to a later rally means there is absolutely no room for error. Any mistake this weekend or at Malton Forest (02 November), Peta’s third and final rally, which falls just two weeks before Wales Rally GB, could jeopardise the entire campaign.
During the ‘Wales Rally GB comes to London’ event at the Olympic Park last week when the media enjoyed thrilling passenger rides around a specially constructed stage, Peta spoke about her operation and forthcoming challenge: “I’m competing at Galloway Hills next weekend and although I won’t be one hundred percent I’ll just have to grin and bear it.
“It’s been a while since my first rally and things haven’t really gone to plan, but it has given me time to study some navigation and pacenotes, so I’m determined to do better than before. Elfyn Evan’s World Rally Championship co-driver, Daniel Barritt, has given me some tips to cope with the motion sickness so hopefully that will help.”
Neil Simpson, European Rally Championship driver, who was showcasing his SKODA Fabia S2000 at the Olympic Park event, commented on Peta’s back to back challenge, saying: “It’s like the steepest learning curve you’ll ever see, it really is, it can’t be underestimated.”