Dale reluctantly retires with engine problem. The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire - Leg 1, 28th September 2002 The 7th and deciding round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship, the Trackrod Rally -Yorkshire began this morning with just 3 ...
Dale reluctantly retires with engine problem.
The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire - Leg 1, 28th September 2002
The 7th and deciding round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship, the Trackrod Rally -Yorkshire began this morning with just 3 points separating Peugeot 206 Super 1600 Works Driver Justin Dale and Toyota driver, Jonny Milner.
Although the roads were dry and dusty, the half mile stage almost claimed both Peugeot Super 1600 competitors. Official works driver Justin Dale commented; "The first corner was surprisingly slippy, I nearly had an overshoot." Teammate Rory Galligan described the same corner as "fun" complaining that the dust was hanging in the air.
Stage 2 provided the first real test of the rally with eleven miles through Givendale, but Justin Dale's hopes of taking the Championship title ended in bitter disappointment when he stopped half way through the stage with engine failure.
Dale commented; " The annoying thing is I really think we could have won today taking the treble. It's very frustrating but we didn't expect to be in this position at this round so it was always going to be a bonus to win here."
Galligan meanwhile was entertaining the crowd in the famous Woodyard with a slight off, having to scrabble to regain the road.
Galligan continued the show on Stage 4, Cropton, when he hit a few posts directly in front of spectators. The seven mile Gale Rigg stage which followed was reported as a lovely stage, which unfortunately is not being repeated.
Stage 6 was a rerun of the Pickering Showground and this time proved uneventful. Galligan had not relaxed after the lunch time service halt where he was placed third overall in the Super 1600 Category and after Stage 7, a rerun of Givendale, he set a time a full 27 seconds faster than his first run.
Galligan overnight holds third in the Super 1600 category in front of Ford's Kris Meeke. He commented; "It's been very close this afternoon, everyone is pushing hard and I'm looking to close the gap even further tomorrow."