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Carlisle: Alan Cookson event summary

TOP TEN FOR COOKSON ON PIRELLI RALLY Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson, along with co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells, overcame a tough weekend to record a fine top ten finish on the second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British ...

TOP TEN FOR COOKSON ON PIRELLI RALLY

Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson, along with co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells, overcame a tough weekend to record a fine top ten finish on the second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship.

Contesting the Carlisle-based Pirelli International Rally, the pair overcame suspension problems and hanging dust on Friday night's three stages to hold 17th position at the overnight halt in their TEG Sport-prepared and Robert Wiseman Dairies-backed Subaru Impreza.

With adjustments made, Cookson attacked on the dry and dusty stages during Saturday morning to move up to 12th place at half distance but it all started coming together on the fast tracks of Kielder Forest during the afternoon which saw the 'cow liveried' car and its crew finally claim 8th place at the finish at Carlisle Racecourse.

Delighted with his first BRC finish following their retirement on last month's Bulldog International Rally of North Wales, Cookson said: "You've got to love it when a plan comes together! It was a war of attrition today but we got it together after the nightmare we had last night. The car was superb and we ended up using our own pacenotes so I'm absolutely delighted. It certainly was worth the four new tyres we put on for the last loop of stages!"

Co driver Julian Wilkinson added: "I'm delighted as it all came together and using our own pacenotes was good. The stages were good but the dust was bad in places. I've got to say hard luck to our TEG Sport team-mates Keith Cronin and Euan Thorburn, but it's good to salvage some pride for the TEG Sport Team so it's thanks to them and all our other sponsors also."

-source: alan cookson rallying

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