"Peugeot dominate three of four top places" Pirelli British Rally Championship-- The Scottish Rally-- LEG.1. 8th June, 2002 Six stages set the scene for leg one of The Scottish Rally, based in the market town of Dumfries, for the third round...
"Peugeot dominate three of four top places"
Pirelli British Rally Championship-- The Scottish Rally-- LEG.1. 8th June, 2002
Six stages set the scene for leg one of The Scottish Rally, based in the market town of Dumfries, for the third round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship. After a challenging day, the team finished in three of the top four places occupied by the silver Peugeot's.
The 11.70 miles of Loch Grannoch saw Justin Dale lead the Peugeot battle, only 4 seconds behind leader Wilks, He commented that the stage was very fast with bouncy sections, and the car was too soft at the rear. Adjustments to the dampers will be made at service. Irish teammate Rory Galligan was a further 6 seconds down, but had a puncture near the end, though he hadn't thought it had cost time. James Thompson took 6th fastest in his 106 Maxi, with Martin Sansom developing a steering problem after hitting a rock a mile into the stage.
SS2 Black Loch saw Dale recover his usual front running pace to set fastest time, 6 seconds clear of Wilks to move into the head of the Super 1600 Category, despite finding the stage a"bit rough". Galligan's driveshaft gave trouble only 300 yards into the forest after hitting a bridge, and he had to stop to effect repairs. He then drove through with hazards, dropping two minutes in the process, to fall out of the lead battle. Sansom came through the stage, but later retired without reaching service, courtesy of an engine malady. Thompson continues to improve on gravel, the BTCC racer now enjoying 5th in both stage and overall times.
20 minutes service preceded Loch Derry, with Dale puncturing half way in, and losing some time, the car crabbing under braking. Galligan also reported problems, with his intercom and back up system both giving trouble, losing some time. Thompson finished the stage commenting on it being"dusty and rough".
SS4 Glentrool saw the longest stage of the event at 18.17 miles. But it also saw the biggest problem, as the throttle bracket broke on Dale's car and it stopped dead. Three agonising minutes ticked by as they repaired the offending SS4 Glentrool saw the longest stage of the event at 18.17 miles. But it also saw the biggest problem, as the throttle bracket broke on Dale's car and it stopped dead. Three agonising minutes ticked by as they repaired the offending bracket with cable ties. This dropped them to fourth overall. Rory meantime enjoyed better fortunes to see 2nd overall in stage times and moved up to second overall in the standings. Thompson now had" complete confidence" in his notes, as he completed part of the stage in Dale's dust.
The 10.27 miles of the penultimate stage, Shaw Hill, saw better fortunes return to Dale as he took another fastest time overall. Galligan too saw better fare and moved into second overall in the standings. Thompson was sandwiched between the two after being lucky to get out of the stage. He misheard the notes, went down a bank, into a hold and up the other side. Spectators helped push him back to the stage.
The final stage of the day, Glengap, had Galligan, with Ulsterman Gordon Noble alongside, finally post his first fastest time on this event. He commented at the stage end,"good going, we hope to keep up the momentum for tomorrow." This closes the gap slightly on current Super 1600 leader Meeke to 1 minute 31 seconds, still a stern test for the 60 competitive miles left on Day 2. Dale hurtled through the stage a mere tenth behind Galligan, but having lost so much time earlier was less optimistic."Our hopes of improving our position are slight, except with others retiring". With Thompson moving into 3rd overall, and Dale holding 4th, Peugeot's dominate three of the top four places.
The event restarts from Dumfries at 08:00, with three pairs of classic stages, each split by service at the central area based at Park Farm in Dumfries. Prize giving is at the finish ramp at 16:33, at the High Street in the central pedestrian area in Dumfries town centre.
<pre> Overnight Top Five
Position Number Driver Co-driver Nat Car Total 1 4 Kris Meeke Glenn Patterson GB/GB Ford Puma Ford Puma 1:01:18.4 2 2 Rory Galligan Gordon Noble IRL/GB Peugeot 206 XS 1:02:49.4 3 8 James Thompson Plug Pulleyn GB/GB Peugeot 106 1:04:37.4 4 1 Justin Dale Andrew Bargery GB/GB Peugeot 206 XS 1:04:41.3 5 3 Guy Wilks Roger Herron GB/GB Ford Puma 1:08:44.7