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London To Sydney 2004

Steve Blunt & Robert Duck

Steve Blunt

Guilford based Steve Blunt re-started rallying in 2000 after a break of 22 years although he did circuit racing from 1992-1997.

With the support of the Langworth Motorsport team Steve won the National N3 Championship in 2003 in his Peugeot 306 GTi.

Steve is also a keen long distance event driver finishing 4th overall on the Midnight Sun to Red Sea Rally in 2002 and 7th overall on the London-Sydney International in 2004.

Formerly a plumber, Steve is now a senior partner and employment lawyer for a top 20 international law firm with offices all over the world.

Steve is married with two daughters and supports Burnley FC - hence the number plate on his Peugeot 306 is 264 BFC

This year Steve and Bob are competing on the BRC in the EVO 6.

Bob Duck

Bob has been competing on rallies since 1982. This year he joins Steve Blunt in attempting the BRC. Previously the pair won the N3 title in Kumho championship in 2003 where Bob also won the F2 co-drivers award. Bob has competed on the BRC before in the late 90's and is looking forward to stepping up to the top level again.

Bob has made a habit of winning championships - he won the N2 class in the 1998 BTRDA championship this time co-driving for Langworth Motorsport owner, Gawaine Clark. He is hoping to add N4 to his previous titles in N2 and N3.

Prior to turning his attention to stage rallies, Bob used to compete in road rallies and was East Midlands Champion in 1990. He has also competed in the Historic championships (class winner again!) and still has an occasional 'ride' in historic events.

During the week Bob works for Rolls Royce in the Customer Services department. He is married to Jude and lives in Derby.

Steve and Bob's Year

Steve and Bob have already started their 2005 season on the Riponian Stages in North Yorks on 6th Feb. They started in 33rd place and finished a respectable 12th overall.

Here is Bob's account of the event:

'An overshoot on SS1 (Lightwater Valley) cost us 15 seconds and put us in 31st place. A better run second time around saw us improve to 20th. We then moved into the forest where fog caused problems for everyone, however on SS3 and SS4 we were 5th and then equal quickest with eventual winner Barry Johnson in his WRC Impreza! This was Steve's first fastest time and all the more impressive in that ours is a Grp N Car.

Unfortunatley we then lost over a minute after getting a puncture on SS5 and lost more time after an 'off' on SS6. This dropped us back to 30th from a promising 9th place.

A determined fight back on the second half of the event saw us back to twelfth by the finish. Results showed that 7th to 12th places were covered by less than a minute - making the puncture costly in terms of overall result.

We both enjoyed the event and feel that it has blown away the cobwebs of the off-season."

 

 


Steve Blunt & Bob Duck
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