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Peugeot Super 1600 works team show potential. The Peugeot 206 Super 1600 Official Works team got off to a good start this morning when Galligan put in the fourth fastest time on stage eight, taking him into 3rd overall classification. Dale was...

Peugeot Super 1600 works team show potential.

The Peugeot 206 Super 1600 Official Works team got off to a good start this morning when Galligan put in the fourth fastest time on stage eight, taking him into 3rd overall classification. Dale was determined to make up time after a challenging day yesterday and responded with the second fastest time on the same 17 miles of Falstone forest.

This saw Justin Dale move ahead of Peugeot 106 York driver, James Thompson who slid into a ditch. Thompson subsequently restarted but lost at least ten minutes in the process. Just two seconds split works drivers Galligan and Dale. Former 106 Super Cup competitor Martin Sansom put in the sixth fastest time.

Dale commented; "I'm glad to have caught Sansom up. We are experiencing problems with our diff under braking - it's making the car spin, which means we can't fully commit to corners."

Galligan commented; "Stage nine was wonderfully fast and not too dry like last time I was in the forests here in 2000. Our wipers broke towards the end of the stage just as it started to rain, which made visibility hard. We also have a problem with the gear indicator on the dash, it's not registering gear changes which is causing confusion as to the gear I am selecting."

Martin Sansom commented; "We are having trouble on this stages with such a short car, its making the 106 feel a little uncomfortable and brake problems are preventing the car from going in a straight line. Lost the intercom so couldn't hear Phil Wells for part of stage ten."

Stage ten led the PBRC deep into the Northumberland National Park and witnessed Justin Dale on a real charge for the podium as he completed the stage in 13:35 seconds, 3rd fastest, now only 57 seconds behind team-mate Galligan.

James Thompson, undeterred by difficulties this morning, made an impressive recovery during stage ten and commented; "On the first stage this morning I felt like I was on safari. I got out of sync on bumps and went into a water and reed-filled ditch. I was a bit over committed, hitting a rock and pulling a damper off. I am getting used to the pace notes more now."

As the first round of the season drew to a close, stage eleven proved fantastic for Peugeot as Galligan, Dale and Thompson all had clean, trouble free runs through the stages. Unfortunately, Martin Sansom suffered terminal brake problems which meant he didn't start this stage and retired. Overall the Peugeot's finished in 3rd (Galligan), 4th (Dale) and 6th (Thompson) in the Super 1600 category.

Galligan commented; "We have had a brilliant rally this weekend, certainly better than expected. It's fantastic to be on the podium after the first event and the first real experience in the car. I feel confident that we will be very competitive in Wales."

Motorsport Manager for Peugeot Motor Company Ltd commented; "We have shown our potential on this opening event. What started out as quite a difficult challenge proved to be a good weekend for the team. We did experience some problems this weekend but they are easy fixes, just not on or during the event. After all, it was the cars first ever event. We are confident we can improve reliability and pace for the next round in Wales."

The next round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship commences on 18th May in Wales, for the International Rally of Wales

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Series BRC
Drivers James Thompson , Justin Dale