MODEL PETA TODD ATTEMPTS NEW CHALLENGE TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL RALLY CO-DRIVER IN TIME FOR THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE, WALES RALLY GB
Model to undergo an intensive training programme to enable her to compete at the World Rally Championship (WRC) finale. Wales Rally GB, 13-16 November.
Peta Todd is not one to shirk a challenge. The Help for Heroes patron and former glamour model, from Essex, now faces one of her toughest ever tests, having just six short weeks to gain enough experience to compete against the world’s best drivers and teams at Wales Rally GB, Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Peta faces a race against time to gain the skills required to qualify for her International co-driver licence, enabling her to compete at the highest level, co-driving alongside Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst, Tony Jardine.
The hard work begins tomorrow, Saturday 27 September, when the duo take on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire in a high powered rally car – the first of three events that Peta will need to complete in order to qualify for Wales Rally GB.
Peta is fully prepared for the challenge ahead: “I’m so excited about this – not many people get the opportunity to compete in an event like Wales Rally GB. It is one of the biggest motor sport events in the world and I cannot wait to jump into the co-driver seat alongside Tony. I’ve got a huge amount to learn in a very short space of time, but we’re going to give it everything we’ve got.
My husband, Mark (Cavendish), is the international sportsperson in the house, so I’m determined to finish Wales Rally GB and add my own World Championship trophy to the mantelpiece.
I’m 100% committed to this. Amusingly, Mark is 150% jealous! He has already tried to push me out of the seat and take my place!”
The ‘Rally of Legends’ is no small challenge, even for the most experienced of co-drivers. Jardine, who has competed in international rallies around the world including Sweden, Kuwait, and an impressive class victory in the 2013 Wales Rally GB has no doubt about how much of a challenge this will be for Peta: “This is arguably the toughest forest event on the WRC calendar. It features loose gravel and mud as well as mist, fog and potentially even ice. Only the best teams have won in the entrancing yet deceptive Welsh forests.
Peta is up for the challenge. She is an adventurer and she is not going to shy away from it. But this is bigger than any climb up Kilimanjaro; this is the steep face of the Eiger. In six short weeks, and under a lot of pressure, she is going to have to learn to become an international rally navigator. If she qualifies, we are then going up against the world’s best and her mettle will be severely tested. But I am looking forward to working with her because I think she has got the right qualities and the challenge begins this weekend with our first event together, the Trackrod Rally”