11 Mar Essex rally driver Tejpar eager to resume British Rally campaign in Cork
Reigning British ladies rally champion Nabila Tejpar will aim to get her Junior British Rally Championship (JBRC) campaign back on track in Ireland this weekend after rolling out of the first round of the series in Wales.
Tejpar and co-driver Max Freeman will head to the popular West Cork Rally (16/17 March) for the very first time, taking in classic Irish closed public road stages near to the Cork rally base. She will use her familiar Peugeot 208 R2 and vie for a chunk of the £24,000 Peugeot UK / Total prize fund on offer this season in the JBRC.
Tejpar, 25 from Maldon Essex has had mixed fortunes in her competitive season so far and will aim to return to form as the surface switches onto asphalt. Just two weeks ago, she secured a solid start to her Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica campaign in Portugal, joining 23 other crews in the competitive single-make series at Rally Fafe.
In stark contrast to her European finish at the end of last month, Tejpar opened her BRC account with an off-road excursion on the very last stage of the Cambrian Rally, ending the event in a Welsh ditch almost within sight of the finish.
Now, the Pump Technology backed youngster will be looking to the change of surface to kick-start her season in the British Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to the change of surface after two events on gravel and hopefully that will bring a little luck and get us the finish we need for our BRC campaign,” says Tejpar.
“There really is nothing worse than having a zero score under the first round of the season and its very frustrating that I was so close to a finish in Wales. But that’s how it goes sometimes, and the good thing is I was straight back in the driver seat the weekend after in Portugal which went well. That certainly helped banish any waiver in my confidence”.