10 Oct The Only Way Is Up for Essex rally champion Nabila Tejpar
Reigning Prestone MSA British Rally Ladies Champion Nabila Tejpar added a second title to her CV last weekend, after completing Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, The Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4th-7th October).
Despite suffering transmission failure on the third day Tejpar, 25 from Maldon in Essex managed to guide her Peugeot 208 R2 to 43rd overall and eighth RC4 in the rally which also formed the final two rounds of the BRC. Her result over both points scoring opportunities during the weekend ensured she could claim her second Ladies title in as many years.
Taking a break from her Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica campaign in Spain and Portugal, Tejpar and co-driver Max Freeman returned to the British Championship to take on one of the most demanding events in the World Rally calendar. Around 320 kilometres of competitive driving, spread across 23 stages lay ahead. With a difficult route, new stages and inclement weather to deal with, Tejpar would need to be at the top of her game if she was to net success on the World stage.
One eye was also on the BRC Junior category and Tejpar was eager to see if she could gain a decent points haul on the final rounds of the season. Points would be allocated after Friday’s stages and the second chance would come after the completion of the event on Sunday.
The rally kicked off with a short, sharp but entertaining blast around Tir Prince on Thursday night in front of a sizeable crowd near the north Wales coast. The rally proper would get underway on Friday with a difficult leg in store for the crews. Rain and fog would ensure the stages were just as treacherous as usual and Tejpar would aim for car conservation throughout the opening day.