SUNDERLAND rally driver Simon Moore knows he must go full throttle in his remaining races to claw back teenager Jack Rowe’s massive lead in the prestigious BRC Challenge.
Whitburn’s Moore lies in second place, 30 points adrift of leader Rowe, with two events left in the competition – the support series to the main British Rally Championship.
Moore finished behind Doncaster’s Rowe in the pair’s last tussle, the Ulster Challenge and he now faces an uphill task to make up the deficit to the 17-year-old.
Realistically, Moore needs to prevail in the next event, the Trackrod Rally, in Scarborough, on Saturday, September 24, before the two-round championship finale in the Isle of Man next month.
Moore must hope he enjoys better fortunes with his Renault Clio, though, after his chances of winning on the roads of Antrim were ruined by mechanical problems.
The 38-year-old and co-driver Emma Morrison, were just seven seconds adrift of the lead in the first stage of last month’s event when a wheel came off the Renault.
After extensive repairs, the duo managed to get the car back on the road to claim second in the following day’s second stage.
Moore said: “It was a challenging run after the wheel broke off on the first stage.
“But the team did a great job through the night to get the car repaired in time for the Saturday.
“To come back with a positive result was fantastic and there’s still all to play for in the championship.”
If Moore can mount a spectacular comeback to overhaul Rowe and be crowned the BRC Challenge champion, he will earn automatic qualification for next season’s British Rally Championship.
The problem for Moore is earning sufficient funding to complete the remaining events, with the driver paying the entrance fees, petrol, repair and new tyre costs out of his own pocket.
He added: “The next round is fairly local at Dalby Forest and the service area is in Scarborough, so I’m inviting potential sponsors to come down and see what goes on.
“It’s a good opportunity for them and with the coverage the Challenge gets on Sky Sports, companies can get some good publicity on the car.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Moore should contact him on 07917 117198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.