Armed Forces rally at Ypres to mark Passchendaele centenary

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The British Armed Forces rally team took to the gravel at Ypres last weekend in the fourth stage of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championships.

Coinciding with the centenary year of the Battle of Passchendaele, the rally saw active servicemen compete on a closed road course in five Land Rover Wolves.

Driver of the crew’s leading Land Rover, Major Clive Allford said, “The event was brilliant. It was an amazing closed road course that took in some beautiful scenery. We managed to place 76th, 80th, 81st, 82nd and 89th out of 130, which is an amazing result, considering we were in Land Rovers competing against traditional rally cars.

“Being in Belgium was particularly significant, because of the anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. My great-grandfather fought in Belgium during World War I, as did one of my teammate’s grandfathers, so being able to be part of the 100 year commemoration, and racing so close to the Menin Gate Memorial was a real honour.”

Head of Marketing at Prestone, Claire Fenton said, “Ypres was a really exciting stage in the British Rally Championships and we were so honoured to sponsor the armed forces team, particularly in such an historic year."

Find out more about the Armed Forces Rally Team at www.armedforcesrallyteam.co.uk.