Grapevine: Wilson takes on bike challenge

Stobart driver Matthew Wilson and his co-driver Scott Martin will compete in Corsica this year - despite the Tour de Corse being dropped from the World Rally Championship schedule

Grapevine: Wilson takes on bike challenge

Instead, the Cumbrians will return to their bikes for a third summer in succession and ride the 612-mile perimeter of the island.

The ride is expected to take eight days and starts on June 7. The hardest day will include 112 miles and a climb to a highest peak of 1,477 meters.

Two years ago the pair rode from Land's End to John o'Groats and last season they rode the Raid des Alpes in France. On their latest ride, the two will be raising money for the RPJ Crohn's Foundation, established by son of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, Rick Parfitt Junior.

Wilson said: "Rick and I have been friends since I was 15-years-old, and after seeing him battle against Crohn's disease I really wanted to do something to help.

"Scott and I went to the launch of Rick's RPJ Crohn's foundation in March, which made us feel we should really do something to help fundraise for the cause. This is the first time that the Rally de France hasn't been based in Corsica and we both love cycling so it seemed like a natural choice.

"We have a small break from WRC events in June so the Tour de Corse will also help keep up my fitness level between rallies. It's going to be a massive challenge, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Donations can be made via: http://www.justgiving.com/tourdecorse

shares
comments
Raikkonen to enter Rally Lanterna

Previous article

Raikkonen to enter Rally Lanterna

Next article

Hirvonen not focusing on title

Hirvonen not focusing on title
Load comments
How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain Plus

How Neuville stole the show from Ogier vs Evans slugfest in Spain

While all pre-event chat focused on the two World Rally Championship title fighters, their closest challenger charged into the spotlight on Rally Spain. Thierry Neuville's star turn and another strong drive from Elfyn Evans in his fight with Sebastien Ogier made for an intriguing event as the 2021 campaign nears its crunch point

WRC
Oct 18, 2021
The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0 Plus

The steely determination behind the WRC’s Solberg 2.0

Two decades after Petter Solberg emerged as a World Rally Championship winner, his son Oliver is ready to take the WRC by storm. Having secured a part-time WRC factory drive for Hyundai in 2022, he's raring to repay the marque's faith in him and follow in his 2003 champion father's footsteps

WRC
Oct 14, 2021
Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season Plus

Analysing the key moves in WRC’s 2022 silly season

The World Rally Championship will step into a new hybrid era in 2022, but the car changes haven't been the only excitement that has built within the paddock. WRC's 'silly season' kicked off in a big way and all the key driver moves for 2022 - of which there are many - look set to shake things up

WRC
Oct 13, 2021
How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age Plus

How joining Finland’s exclusive club was Evans' true WRC coming-of-age

By his own admission, the fifth World Rally Championship victory of Elfyn Evans' career in Finland last weekend was the drive of his life. Winning five stages in a row and soaking up huge pressure from the Hyundais on the fastest gravel stages around, the Welshman put in a faultless showing that proved what he is truly made of

WRC
Oct 4, 2021
Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant? Plus

Does Neuville have a point with his Rally1 rant?

OPINION: Thierry Neuville's diatribe against the upcoming Rally1-spec machines that will usher in the World Rally Championship's new hybrid era was remarkable in an era where drivers are usually reticent to air their views in public. But are the Belgian's concerns about speed, safety and cost entirely valid?

WRC
Sep 16, 2021
How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains Plus

How the WRC's new flying Finn reached new heights in the Greek mountains

After Kalle Rovanpera’s historic feat at Rally Estonia, the Finn scaled new heights at the Rally of the Gods with a commanding victory. And this time Toyota’s young star demonstrated why the future is bright with his devastating speed and consistency at the Acropolis Rally

WRC
Sep 13, 2021
The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally Plus

The WRC drivers that came of age at the Acropolis Rally

Five drivers have won first time out at the Rally Acropolis, transcending the tough dirt and gravel Greek roads to cement a place in rallying folklore. Here are three of the first-time winners' tales

WRC
Sep 9, 2021
Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble Plus

Understanding Suninen’s sudden WRC exit gamble

From being considered a likely contender to drive the next-generation M-Sport Ford Puma in 2022, Teemu Suninen's abrupt exit has created plenty of questions. The Finn's bid to become his country's next World Rally Championship winner won't be furthered by being sidelined, but there may be reason behind the decision

WRC
Sep 2, 2021