Garstang’s Robert Cotton will enter the competitive world of rallying when he enters round 1 of the Junior Rally championship held at Anglesey for the Lee Holland Memorial Rally Stages this weekend, at the age of just fifteen.
Rob has already attended the championship’s test day, in which he drove his 1000cc Nissan Micra, but this weekend’s Anglesey-based first round will be his debut in the series.
He already has experience of competing on four wheels though, having raced quad bikes from the age of eight and becoming 100cc champion. He is also a successful rally navigator, competing with his father on night rallies, recently scooping best navigator awards at Garstang & Preston and Clitheroe & District Motor Clubs.
Rob is not only eligible to score overall points, but he will contest the Rookie Cup and his Micra allows him to contest the Pre ’03 Trophy. He will be supported on Sunday’s rally by the Myerscough College Motorsport team and co-driven by college tutor Simon Moss who said; “I started rallying in the late 1980s, co-driving for Rob’s dad Steve on road rallies and stage rallies, so I think it must be in the blood. It is great that the Motor Sports Association allowed this development in rallying, some of the youngsters have gone on to be successful in the sport.”
Robert will also be unveiling the new livery to his striking yellow Micra on Sunday morning at Anglesey.