Rochdale News | Sports News | Brown heads to Mallorca to end rally season

Date published: November 11, 2022

Rochdale rally driver Steve Brown will make the long trip to Mallorca in Spain this weekend as he aims to complete his competitive season with the 2022 Rally Dijous Bo [12-13 November] event on the island.

Brown, who was unable to contest a full championship in 2022 due to professional commitments, enjoyed sporadic outings during the year and more recently turned his attention to bigger challenges in the within the events taking place in Europe.

Driving his instantly recognizable Nissan Micra Kit Car and accompanied by Paul Stringer on the notes, Brown will tackle the two-day event, which features ten special stages on mountainous and closed tarmac roads in the far north of the island. .

“It will be great to try something different and end the year with a new challenge,” he says.

“It’s not every day that you take part in a rally in a place as beautiful as Mallorca, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do with the Micra. The main focus for us is to get to the finish so if we get a good result in the process that’s a bonus, either way it’ll be another experience ticked off the list.

Brown’s 2022 outings have been limited to just three so far, with Wigan-based Questmead stages marking his first return in February. In conditions battered by Storm Franklin, the Micra unfortunately hydroplaned off the Three Sisters circuit, sending the car into the barriers and instantly giving up.

As part of a charity raffle prize for Jolly Josh, Brown would donate the co-driver’s seat to one lucky winner at the Dave Read Stages in Anglesey, taking a class victory in the process. His last event was in October, contesting the 550 Challenge in Mallorca where he secured second place in his class on his debut on the island.

Now, back in the tourism mecca, he will focus on a tough motorsport weekend, which starts early on Saturday afternoon, before racing all night and ending just after three a.m. on Sunday. .

With a host of experienced locals to contend with, Brown is realistic about his chances.

“Our exit last month will help a bit but it’s not going to be easy to beat the guys who have been here for years,” he continued.

“If it’s raining, and it looks like it is, the roads can be rough and very slippery, so we’ll have to be careful. But the focus will be on fun and I’m sure we will. If we come out unscathed, we would like to do a bit more in Spain and Mallorca next season too, but let’s see how it goes.

Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, 710 Oils, PIAA, Questmead, Mintex, Brake Prep, CD Heritage and Magnum Motorsport.

Ruth J. Leeds