When you think of the World Rally Championship Challenge, it appears to be very much a mans world. Enter Peta Todd! A model, mother, very nearly international rally navigator and evidently a mega multitasker! Not even a collapsed lung will deter the determined co-driver from competing in the prestigious championship later this month.
Fresh out of surgery, Peta will be hoping for a speedy recovery in order to compete in the Galloway Hills Rally in Dumfries (26th Oct) after missing out on the Cambrian Rally. Wife to Mark Cavendish (British cycling star), it’s clear the competitive streak is a family trait. Both have faced debilitating injuries during their careers and overcome them, so this is nothing new. With a race against time, Peta hopes the recovery process will go smoothly and her ProSpeed team are equally optimistic.
After making her stunning debut as a rally co-driver where she finished 13th overall with Tony Jardine at Rally Yorkshire this September, Peta is on her way to qualifying for her international licence. All Peta needs is to finish two more national rally events and pass two safety and navigational tests.
“Now I am up against it!” said Peta, “The clock is ticking fast and we have to finish all the events in a short space of time, but I am determined to make it, I still intend to move Mark’s medals over for mine!
“I am honestly improving every day and feeling more comfortable, but I have to admit the early days after the operation were decidedly painful. My surgeon said I may be able to take part in the Cambrian Rally at a push but my driver Tony Jardine and boss Olly Marshall said it was too risky in case of what they called an ‘off”!
“They have managed to shoehorn in a rescheduled programme to give me an extra week of recovery, so I am relieved. Mark is still one hundred percent behind my WRGB Rally Challenge, he just said that I have to trust my own instincts in terms of my feelings of progressive fitness.”
Olly Marshall, ProSpeed team boss who is also in charge of mentoring Peta as she pursues her said: “We could not risk Peta being buffeted around in a rally car as early as this coming weekend, especially if the pair had an off road excursion which could be very rough and certainly disturb raw scars. By attempting the Galloway Hills Rally on 26 October then the Yorkshire Malton Rally on 02 November she has a better chance of some comfort in the navigator’s hot seat”.
Peta’s next challenge will be far more comfortable as she will be attending the ‘Wales Rally GB comes to London’ action media event on the 15th October. Taking it nice and easy with a photo call and subsequent interviews with top European Rally competitor Neil Simpson and his ex-works Skoda S2000 car.
For more info visit: www.walesrallygb.com