Haddon takes Kumho to Kielder. After the bitter disappointment of an early retirement on the Astra stages rally, Chelmsford's Andrew Haddon has vowed to take his Kumho Tyres sponsored Mitsubishi to the finish on one of the toughest events of ...
Haddon takes Kumho to Kielder.
After the bitter disappointment of an early retirement on the Astra stages rally, Chelmsford's Andrew Haddon has vowed to take his Kumho Tyres sponsored Mitsubishi to the finish on one of the toughest events of all.
The Astra had been going well, with the Rallispec car only 10s adrift of the leading Mitsubishi Evo challenge car after 28 miles of forest stages. It all went wrong on stage 4 though when the Lancer went light over a 3rd gear crest. Andrew takes up the story:
"I was trying really hard. I heard the pacenote but carried just too much speed over the crest and there was no way we were going to get round a tight left-hander. We ploughed some way off the road and the resulting damage to the suspension and gearbox forced us to retire at the next service point."
"I'm pretty gutted that we've dropped a score already, but that make me even keener to get out and do better next time. I think I can win the Evo challenge round on the Manx and I can improve on gravel with more stage mileage. That's why I've decided to contest the British Championship rally in Kielder forest next weekend. There's nothing like 135 miles of the most notoriously demanding forests in England to hone ones skills."
The Essex based Rallispec outfit will be using the April 26-28th event, based in Gateshead, as a test session in preparation for the Kumho National Championship event in the same forests. The rally gets underway on Friday night in Gateshead's Watergate Park before heading into the forests on Saturday and Sunday. The best action will be shown on Channel 4 television at 11.30am on Saturday 4th May.