Ringer aims to keep McRae seat

Colin McRae's returning co-driver Derek Ringer believes that the pairing will do well enough on the final two rounds of the 2002 World Rally Championship to ensure that they will stay together for next season

Ringer aims to keep McRae seat

Ringer gets back alongside McRae for next week's Rally Australia for the first time since the pair parted company at the end of 1996. The current deal between the two Scotsmen doesn't yet extend into 2003, but despite speculation that either French navigator Denis Giraudet or Ulsterman Chris Patterson could co-drive for McRae when he joins Citroen at the end of the year, Ringer is optimistic he will keep the seat.

"You could say that in basic terms I have taken a bit of a risk," Ringer told AUTOSPORT magazine. "But I am optimistic that the process will work well enough for us to want to continue into next year.

"I believed that when I agreed to get back alongside Colin, and I have to continue to believe that as we get ready to compete together again."

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