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Civils skills traded for rally car racing

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PRESTON BASED civil engineering technician Phil Peak recently put his mathematical skills to use in an activity equally as exciting as civil engineering - rally car racing.

Peak is the co-driver for team TMG Taftsport. com which is competing for the 2004 Peugeot Total 206 Super Cup.

On and off road driving skills are put to the test in the 160km race where teams have to keep to speed limits on public roads and go hell for leather on rough forest tracks.

Peak's role is to provide the driver with information about the track ahead using Ordnance Survey maps or written 'pace notes'.

Travelling at speeds of up to 176km/h means that Peak has to communicate distances and measures of camber quickly and clearly to driver Simon Taft.

But all the grid references in the world could not have warned Taftsport. com of the pothole which caused the car to hurtle into a tree at 112km/h last month.

Compacted snow and icy conditions also hampered the team's chances of winning the race in Bournemouth.

Peak is sponsored by consultant PSA Design and will compete next month in North Wales - if the car can be repaired in time.

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