FORDES SUFFER BAD LUCK ON TEMPEST RALLY Irish crew Ross and Arron Forde suffered misfortune in the final round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup as they failed to finish Saturday's (8 November) Tempest Rally. The Galway brothers were lying in...
FORDES SUFFER BAD LUCK ON TEMPEST RALLY
Irish crew Ross and Arron Forde suffered misfortune in the final round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup as they failed to finish Saturday's (8 November) Tempest Rally.
The Galway brothers were lying in second place in the series and 13th overall before a mechanical problem on their Global Group Ireland and BCC Group-backed Suzuki Swift Sport put them out on stage five of the Aldershot-based gravel event.
A brand new driveshaft broke ending their day prematurely. The disappointing non-finish puts them fifth overall in the single-make championship and driver Ross third in the juniors.
The inaugural title was already out of reach heading into the Tempest Rally as British crew Mark Gamble and Stephen Link wrapped-up the honours on the previous round, the International Rally Yorkshire in September, but the pair had been in with a chance of finishing runners-up.
"It's devastating that we went out and couldn't finish the final round," said 24-year-old Ross. "It just dashed all of our hopes but anything can happen in rallying at any time.
"Up until then we'd been going well and it's just a shame we couldn't conclude our push for second spot in the championship.
"It's been a mixed year for us but we've enjoyed competing in the series and venturing out onto some new rallies. We just have to look forward to next season now."
On a more positive note, Ross is through to the final six of the Billy Coleman Award in Ireland.
The Tempest Rally was the last rally of the season for Ross and Arron and the duo have yet to decide what they will be doing next year.
They will, however, be competing on their home event, the Galway International Rally, in January followed by the opening round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), Rally Ireland.