Rally Isle of Man one to forget for Jones 23 year old stuart Jones and co-driver Andy Bull experienced a rally to forget when the pair journeyed over to the Isle of Man last weekend for round 3 of the 2008 British Rally ...
Rally Isle of Man one to forget for Jones
23 year old stuart Jones and co-driver Andy Bull experienced a rally to forget when the pair journeyed over to the Isle of Man last weekend for round 3 of the 2008 British Rally Championship.
Welshpool based Stuart and Birmingham resident Andy are contesting the full 2008 championship at the wheel of the Lico wheels backed MG Super 2000 Sport and following a fine second place finish on the previous round the pair were hoping for a competitive outing on the small island.
Strong runs on the two opening stages showed that Jones would be in for a real shout this weekend and was lying third amongst the BRC challengers entering the third stage. However a broken hub during the second run through Castletown forced the crew to retire from the leg.
Stuart returned to action under super rally on Saturday, hoping to gain some valuable experience and also pick up some championship points but once again lady luck deserted the youngster. A freak incident saw a stone flick up into the engine bay and get wedged between a belt and the pulley, resulting in the belt being shredded and forcing the MG to limp out of the stage and into retirement, this time for good.
I'm gutted. This is my fourth visit to the island and I never seem to have any luck here. The car was set up perfectly for these roads and the wet weather would have suited me so well. This is a blow to my championship but I am determined to bounce back in Ulster.
Stuart and Andy are backed by Lico Wheels, PIAA, Rallytech, Teng Tools, Motorsport Insurance Service and Dacha Oak Products.
The next round of the British Rally Championship is the Todd's Leap Ulster Rally which takes place from 22 to 23 August 2008