South London rally driver Ruairi Bell will kick-start his 2021 aggressive outings behind the wheel by contesting the opening spherical of the Peugeot Iberica Cup in Portugal, because of the motorsport preparation agency PT Racing.
Bell, 21 from Blackheath has contested chosen occasions of the all-Peugeot sequence beforehand, however will now head to Rali Terras d’Aboboreira (thirtieth March – 1st May) in a model new Protec Temporary Protection and Marex backed 208 Rally4, to realize extra expertise of European occasions and, for the primary time, can be partnered by Welsh co-driver Gareth Parry.
Bell will drive new Peugeot 208 Rally4
“I’m actually excited to have the ability to compete once more after such a interval of uncertainty for many people,” says Bell.
“Monza [final round of the 2020 Junior WRC] seems like a lifetime in the past so will probably be nice to get the aggressive edge again once more and naturally start to construct the connection with Gareth within the automotive. Any opportunity to rally in the intervening time is a step in the correct route”.
Bell loved an encouraging season within the coveted FIA Junior World Rally Championship throughout 2020, claiming fifth within the total standings with a 3rd on the ultimate spherical in Monza a season spotlight final December.
Bell in motion throughout FIA Junior WRC season
With a brand new route on the playing cards this season, Bell has elected to hunt out new alternatives and while his 2021 marketing campaign isn’t but confirmed, the prospect to compete in Portugal was too good to overlook.
“Our plans for this yr are almost sorted and we can be asserting them very quickly, however till then, this opportunity to compete within the newest era Peugeot 208 Rally4 is fairly mega,” he says.
“I’ve loads of historical past with the Iberica Cup and it’s nice to return to the sequence, I’ve fond recollections there. I grew to become the youngest-ever winner of an Iberica spherical and likewise the primary non Spaniard or Portuguese driver to take action.
“It can be nice to get again onto gravel once more as nicely, I haven’t performed a full gravel rally since Sardinia in October so little question it is going to take some settling in. But that is concerning the larger image and getting bedded in for what we’ve deliberate this yr.”
Bell in motion throughout Iberica Cup in 2019
Rali Terras d’Aboboreira provides over 100km of particular levels unfold over two days from its base in Amarante within the North of Portugal. Bell secured fourth place within the Iberica Cup on the occasion in 2019 however stays cautious about being too assured this time round.
“We have solely pushed the brand new Rally4 Peugeot for about two kilometres on the launch day of the automotive two years in the past so there can be a lot of studying to do on the opening day that’s for positive. But I like a problem and we’ve a number of objectives to fulfill through the weekend. It’s a fantastic opportunity and to I’d wish to thank PT Racing and SportsandYou for his or her help in making it occur, collectively with my sponsors.”
Bell is supported by Protec Temporary Protection, Marex, Boolers Pensions and Investments, L J Workwear and MSAR Motorsport in 2021.
Pictures: Honza Fronek / FIA Junior WRC
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