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Student built Samba hits the Manx rally

Monday 13 May

Myerscough College lecturer Danny Cowell secured rally success at last weekend’s Manx National Rally, driving the college built and prepared Talbot Samba.

Manx Rally

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The car, built by college students, is a head turner on every event entered. The care and attention to detail sets it apart from the competition. As Myerscough College celebrates its 130th Anniversary this week, it was very appropriate that the student built Samba had a start number of 130 in celebration.

Danny and new Co-Driver, Sarah Coole, thrashed the Samba round the 15 gruelling stages made famous by the greats like Ari Vatenen, Tony Pond and more recently Mark Higgins.

The pair were pushing on every stage and managed to secure the class H2 class by an incredible 31 minutes, and an incredible 35 places further up the leader board.

The students receiving the opportunity to be service crew on the event were, Kacey Davenport, Jacob Chappell, Bailey Coupe and Tyler Cockerill.

HE Motorsport lecturer Chris Boyle, said: ‘’The four students were faultless in their professional approach and knowledge. Not only running the Samba on event, the team welcomed back MK2 Escort driver Dave Pedley and Myerscough College and University Alumni, Grace Pedley.

‘’Running two cars on the event takes a different level of dedication and teamwork, and the students thrived with the added pressure, getting both cars to the end of the event.’’

Grace added: “It was a pleasure to be welcomed back into the Myerscough team for the Manx National. The team were really professional and helped us ensure we reached the end of the event with a good result.

‘’The students were really knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to concentrate on the event rather than worry about possible issues with the car.”

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