Brake problems hampered the Wight Rally Sport team all day on Sunday, but after a slow start they improved their pace against stiff competition.
Driving flat out against the clock, the rally used the same 4 special stages repeated over 3 legs to provide 12 special stages in total. These special stages took place on closed public roads and the drivers were able to tackle them at full racing speeds. Competitors travelled between these special stages in normal highway conditions on fully open public roads, attempting to keep to a strict schedule to avoid time penalties.
Rain in the second leg caught out nearly all the competitors who found themselves on the wrong tyres. Richard and James made it through the now very slippery stages unscathed, but with some hairy moments.
After the second service halt and with tyres changed, they completed the last leg with more confidence and therefore setting some competitive times.
“This event was like those that I have competed on in Belgium and the atmosphere was incredible, with the local community out in force to spectate both in the lanes and the town, supporting the rally. It brings a real boost for the local economy too. I’d love to see an event like this for the Island”.
Attracting 125 entries the event was oversubscribed and with a reserve list of hopefuls, showing the popularity of rallies like this one. The event was easy to follow with live broadcast on YouTube and 2 large screens on Clacton seafront.
Trevor Cook, Managing Director of local broadband provider Go Internet sponsored the car for this event. He said:
“We want to congratulate Richard and James for a strong finish. The stages and varying conditions made for a tricky rally.”
The next rally for the pair is Rally van Wervik in Belgium in June.