Nervous excitement reaches new high for Peta Todd as the reality of what lies ahead hits home.
Todd and Jardine rub shoulders with the best drivers in the world at season finale.
More than 900 competitive miles stand between the duo and the finish line in Llandudno.
Peta Todd, former model, Help for Heroes patron and now fully qualified international rally co-driver began arguably her toughest challenge to date, after a short but intensive training programme. Seven weeks to the day after agreeing to co-drive for Sky Sports News F1 analyst Tony Jardine, the new PlayStation®4 DRIVECLUB team rolled off the starting ramp at the Eirias Stadium, Colwyn Bay, to begin three intense days of extremely difficult Welsh forest rally stages.
Peta’s journey to Wales Rally GB began in late September at the Trackrod Yorkshire Rally, where she overcame severe motion sickness to finish 13th overall, an impressive result for a novice. The achievement was a springboard for Peta who, despite the setback of a collapsed lung, has completed three rallies and her British Association of Rally Schools (BARS) exam, as well as learned how to overcome extreme motion sickness to gain her international co-driver’s licence in time for the showpiece finale of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.
Thursday marked the start of the rally with Peta and Tony joining more than 150 cars for the ceremonial start of the rally at a packed Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay. Along with driving their car off the official starting ramp in front of thousands of people, the pairing also joined the likes of double world champion Sebastian Ogier, British star Elfyn Evans and rally legend Ari Vatanen in an autograph signing session for over 500 fans of the event. Following this occasion, the realities of the daunting task that lay ahead of the ProSpeed pairing really started to take hold.
On the eve of her first WRC event, Peta showed her excitement for what is to come, commenting: “I was really surprised at how big the event was. I knew that Wales Rally GB is at another level to the regional rallies I have taken part in, but I wasn’t ready for the thousands of people I saw at the Eirias Stadium this evening, and in the service park throughout the day. They all seemed to be enjoying themselves, and I’m told it will only get busier as the event goes on!
“I have to prepare myself for tomorrow now; it’s going to be a long day with very little time to relax. One mistake could mean the end of the rally for us, and I didn’t do so much in such a short amount of time to fall at the final hurdle!”