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A "rally" good weekend for Revolution Wheels Revolution Wheels backed drivers scored podium positions in three different rallies over the May bank holiday weekend when Rob Swann won Group N on the hugely popular Sol Rally Barbados, Alistair...

A "rally" good weekend for Revolution Wheels

Revolution Wheels backed drivers scored podium positions in three different rallies over the May bank holiday weekend when Rob Swann won Group N on the hugely popular Sol Rally Barbados, Alistair Fisher finished second overall on the Jim Clark International Rally and Jock Armstrong finished third overall on the Jim Clark Reivers Rally!

Rob Swann, co-driven by Darren Garrod, drove a perfect rally in sunny Barbados, beating the locals and taking a well deserved Production class win and finishing ninth overall in his Subaru Impreza N14 on his third visit to the island! It's nice to take the win as the competition was very tough this year! I haven't driven on tarmac since this rally 12 months ago and so was a bit rusty. Once again the organisers were brilliant and it is a lot of fun to rally in front of such passionate fans!

Rapid youngster Alistair Fisher narrowly missed winning the third round of the MSA British Rally Championship when an engine misfire cost him time and dropped him from a relatively healthy lead back to second overall but, after two retirements from the opening two rallies of the British Championship he was still relieved to see the finish; I am pretty frustrated really as I could have won this rally! The stages were good but it was very tricky when the rain came on Saturday afternoon and in the end I was just glad to see the finish ramp!

2008 Pirelli Star Drive recipient Adam Gould lost time early on with a puncture but recovered well to set no less than five top three stage times in his ageing Subaru Impreza and was pleased to end the high speed tarmac rally sixth overall despite no testing and a new co-driver for the event! When I picked up that puncture in the second stage I was really frustrated as it cost me well over two minutes and if you remove that time loss I would have been third! But at least it is more points on the board and many thanks to Warren for the wheels - they look great on the car!

Fellow Revolution Wheels driver Max Utting enjoyed a successful tarmac rallying debut as he drove his Subaru Impreza N12b to 16th overall. Utting, who had never driven his Subaru on tarmac before, ensured that he finished the rally in order to gain as much experience as possible and had indeed been even higher up the leader board until a puncture cost him precious time. This weekend was a massive learning curve! Not only had I never driven the car on tarmac before but I was also using a new notes system! I loved the rally and the notes worked very well so it was a success!

Jock Armstrong added more valuable points to his Scottish title chase by taking second place points on the Jim Clark Reivers Rally, beating far newer and more powerful machinery in his Group N Subaru N11 and in doing so he extends his Production class lead and now lies third overall in the Hankook MSA Scottish Rally Championship; you're always a bit disappointed not to take the top spot but this has been a good day for points, because having dropped a score on the Border Counties earlier in the year, I'm really keen to capitalise on every event from now on in. It's going to be a close championship over the remaining four rounds".

Warren McKiernan, from Revolution Wheels, was pleased with the weekend; all of our guys did really well this weekend, with Rob winning Group N in Barbados and both Alistair and Jock taking podiums! Adam set some extremely impressive times in his N11 and Max did exactly what he needed to do and that was finish the rally and learn as much as possible!

Revolution Wheels manufacture all types of wheels for both historic and modern motorsport events, ranging from 10 inch all the way through the range to the new, ultra lightweight Millennium II 18 inch wheels which are suitable for everything from Production cars to Super 2000 and World Rally Cars.

-source: revolutionwheels.com

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