National rally driver: Justin Dale

Justin Dale has been honoured with the National Rally Driver of the Year AUTOSPORT award

National rally driver: Justin Dale

The Peugeot driver claimed the Super 1600 title in this year's British Rally Championship, and nearly claimed overall honours.

Dale also made his World Rally Championship debut for the Mitsubishi team on this year's Rally of Great Britain, although he suffered the heartbreak of retiring from the event on the first day. Next year, he is due to step up to the WRC more often, running selected events in a privateer car.

Norwegian Petter Solberg, who won this year's Rally GB, was on hand to present the award to Dale, who said: "Last year was the first time I'd ever come to a ceremony like this, and I am very happy to win this award.

"I'm very grateful to Mitsubishi for giving me the chance on the Network Q Rally. It didn't last very long, but these things happen. I'm definitely doing half of the WRC next season, and am working on a few deals for drives alongside that as well."

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