Revolution off the mark on Pirelli The Revolution Wheels Rally Team opened their 2009 MSA British Rally Championship teams cup account on the Pirelli International Rally last weekend when Rob Swann and Darren Garrod brought home their newly...
Revolution off the mark on Pirelli
The Revolution Wheels Rally Team opened their 2009 MSA British Rally Championship teams cup account on the Pirelli International Rally last weekend when Rob Swann and Darren Garrod brought home their newly built Subaru Impreza N12 in twelfth position overall.
With Rob's Subaru Impreza N14 away to Barbados the Bishop Stortford based rally driver was debuting a brand new Subaru Impreza N12 that was only completed on the Wednesday evening prior to the rally. Added to this team mate Euan Thorburn only picked up his rebuilt Impreza N12 earlier in the same day after the car had been repaired from an off road excursion on the season opening Bulldog Rally.
Euan's task was not made any easier when the young Scotsman picked up a puncture one mile into the second stage on Friday night. However, thanks to the superior strength of his Revolution Wheels, Euan was able to continue driving, albeit at a slightly slower pace. It was only towards the end of the stage that the tyre began to delaminate and damaged the oil pipes leading to the intercooler. Whilst this oil leak was thought to have been cured the pipe worked itself loose on Saturday morning and the young Scotsman opted to retire to save the engine. His early split times suggest that 22 year old Euan was running inside the top 5 on stage times!
Once Euan had retired Rob understood that he needed to bring his car to the finish in order to ensure that the team picked up as many points as possible. Whilst it took some time for Rob, who finished eighth here in 2008, to adapt to the new car, and setup changes were made at every service, he was impressed with how reliable the car was straight out of the box, a true testimony to the efforts that Geoff Jones Motorsport had gone to in building the Impreza.
Team principal Warren McKiernan was pleased to get some points on the board; it was always going to be a big ask to bring two freshly built cars to the finish. But for the oil pipe coming loose on Euan's car that could have been possible. We now look forward to the tarmac rallies. Rob is away to contest Rally Barbados and we wish him good luck there. And it is with pleasure that Geoff Jones switches rolls from technical co-ordinator to driver for the forthcoming Jim Clark International Rally
Based in the hometown of former Formula One world champion Jim Clark, Duns, the rally that shares his name features two days and over 160 competitive miles of high speed rallying around the closed public roads of Southern Scotland. Taking place over the weekend of 22 and 23 May 2009 this is a rally that demands precision and skill, something that both Revolution Wheels Rally Drivers have in abundance.