Meredith happy to finish Wales Rally GB Dolgellau based David Meredith was more than happy to see the finish ramp of last weekends Wales Rally GB, his first ever world rally, after battling through a catalogue of dramas on the 3 day marathon ...
Meredith happy to finish Wales Rally GB
Dolgellau based David Meredith was more than happy to see the finish ramp of last weekends Wales Rally GB, his first ever world rally, after battling through a catalogue of dramas on the 3 day marathon rally.
David, at the wheel of his Revolution Wheels supported Mitsubishi Evo 9, was amazed at the atrocious weather conditions that battered the Swansea area throughout the rally, making the rough and rutted roads even more challenging. Day 1 was perhaps the trickiest day of rallying he had ever encountered. After driving the cancelled first stage none competitively his rally began on the second test. And immediately things went wrong. The gear linkage worked itself loose and then, near the end of the stage the steering rack collapsed. David and co-driver Dai Roberts strapped the offending item up and tackled Stage 3 at a cautious pace, with the sump guard now confined to the boot of the car.
With major work needed doing to repair the Evo the pair opted to skip the afternoon and return under super rally on Saturday morning. Good runs through the opening two stages of Day 2 saw David post some highly respectable top 10 times, but then a hard impact over a jump broke a top mount on the rear shock absorber. The team made temporary repairs at mid day service and David continued to improve throughout the afternoon, catching a minimum of 3 cars per stage as he gained confidence in the conditions.
Sunday was all about consolidating his position and just making it to the finish but despite a steady approach the 2006 BRC 'stars' Champion still suffered with a broken driveshaft on the last stage, returning to the finish ninth in class amongst the British Rally Championship runners and 61st overall.
What a rally. This is definitely by far the toughest rally I have ever tackled, but both Dai and I really enjoyed the experience. 2007 has been a massive learning curve in the four wheel drive Mitsubishi Evo but my pace has grown steadily throughout the year. There is still more to come from both the car and myself and now I'm looking forward to 2008.
I'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who has helped throughout this year, from my sponsors to my mechanics and everyone else-- thanks a lot!
David is contemplating his options for the new season but intends to remain with the Mitsubishi Evo. Plans will be announced in the near future.