Martin Laverty proved that it's never too late for a new champion when he and co-driver Andrew Roughead won the UK's inaugural Citroen C2R2 Cup on Rally GB this weekend. The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship based series ...
Martin Laverty proved that it's never too late for a new champion when he and co-driver Andrew Roughead won the UK's inaugural Citroen C2R2 Cup on Rally GB this weekend.
The Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship based series has welcomed drivers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and even Japan in a season where consistency was key.
Laverty took maximum points on both round six and seven, making a hat-trick of wins for the Northern Irish veteran. As the oldest competitor in the 2007 BRC he commented at the finish, "I've been rallying for a long time and I've never done an event in worse conditions. If you'd have suggested at the start of the year that we would win the Championship like this I wouldn't have believed you."
The blue C2 had run faultlessly and aside from a brief excursion to a ditch in the atrocious conditions, the quiet spoken champ won by sticking to the game plan of to finish first, first you must finish.
Second in the points with a pair of runner up spots was a delighted Martin Roberts who was another with the long game in mind. His results more than made up for missing the opening round in April, he and co-driver Rich Mills finishing just six points behind Laverty in second. "The most serious problems we had all rally were a slow puncture and losing the door mirror glass." he smiled at the finish in Cardiff.
Third in the standings after leading for much of the season, was Welshman Jason Pritchard with Martin Jones alongside, whose car had lost a wheel on Friday when the studs sheared. He re-started under Super Rally rules but retired again when the engine ECU failed. Super Rally came to the rescue once again but the pair of third places put him level on points with Roberts, who took the tie break on highest scores.
George Thomas had a rough weekend, crashing on Friday, the subsequent shock causing the loss of a wheel on Saturday. His two fourth places were only sufficient to give him fourth in the series, disappointing after two wins early on.
The run of bad luck continued for the final Rally GB C2R2 entrant Kazutomo Kusama who retired on Friday's second stage with a blown engine. Unable to repair the fault he did not use Super Rally but took an early bath.
The prizes for the Citroen C2R2 Cup will be presented at the BRC Awards Ceremony in January, where Laverty will receive an invitation to join a Citroen Sport test session early in 2008.