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Carlisle: Alan Cookson preview

COOKSON LOOKS FOR KIELDER GLORY Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells have reported that the Robert Wiseman Dairies-sponsored 'Friesian Speedster' is good to go for the second round of the ...

COOKSON LOOKS FOR KIELDER GLORY

Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells have reported that the Robert Wiseman Dairies-sponsored 'Friesian Speedster' is good to go for the second round of the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship when the Pirelli International Rally starts from Carlisle Racecourse this coming weekend (Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th April).

Following the promising feedback from the opening round of the BRC on the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales, the 'Mooo-rials' team and TEG Sport have carried out lots of work on the Subaru n15 in order to keep the cow liveried car ahead of its rivals on some of the best rally stages in the country.

The pair enjoyed the car so much on the first round where it performed faultlessly until a driveshaft broke on stage three so in a bid to get ahead, they have decided to do some mid season maintenance a little earlier than planned to stay on top of event reliability, including the fitting of a new turbo, four new drive shafts and a complete overhaul to the rear suspension set up on the car.

Alan said "We really enjoyed the Bulldog in the new car and everything felt superb, it certainly did what we wanted it to and more. She was 'udderly' fantastic..! Therefore we have decided to carry out our mid season maintenance early, in the hope that our reliability is 100%. Our plan is to use this year as a bit of a learning curve before a full attack on the championship next year, whilst still trying to return good results for our sponsors and the team at the same time. After all, it's called 'Killer Kielder' for a reason, but hopefully we won't be falling victim to its reputation, certainly not on the reliability front anyway! We are really looking forward to the event now and also looking forward to having our main sponsor Robert Wiseman Dairies and their guests along to soak up the atmosphere of this great event and hopefully it will spur us on to a good result!"

Julian added "We are really hoping we can move on again with our pacenotes on this event, it is a new discipline for myself and Alan to master and after a promising start on the Bulldog I'm sure we can move them forward even more which will hopefully deliver us even more pace on the Pirelli. The car was certainly delivering for us and clearly it has the potential to deliver us some good results so it's imperative we get our recce right for this one, especially with Kielder's notorious ditches there to catch us out at any time."

The Pirelli International Rally is based at the Carlisle Racecourse from where it starts at 18.30 on Friday, heading out for three stages in Kershope Forest. The event re-starts at 07.00 on Saturday with three loops of three stages, before returning to Carlisle for the ceremonial finish just before 19.00.

-source: alan cookson

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