Baker battles through to finish International Rally Yorkshire Chesterfield-based co-driver Kim Baker battled through a tough day to finish 13th overall on Saturday's (27 September) International Rally Yorkshire. Baker and West Yorkshire ...
Baker battles through to finish International Rally Yorkshire
Chesterfield-based co-driver Kim Baker battled through a tough day to finish 13th overall on Saturday's (27 September) International Rally Yorkshire.
Baker and West Yorkshire driver Luke Pinder overcame some problems to bring home the 1400 Ford Puma they were sharing second in class R2 in round five of the British Rally Championship (BRC) with Pinder also being awarded the Pirelli Star Driver yellow jersey.
The pair were actually classified 14th overall and the rally's results remain provisional pending an appeal after winners Guy Wilks and David Moynihan in the works Mitsubishi were excluded following a post event protest over a technical infringement.
At one point however, Baker, a sports therapy student at the University of Derby, did not think they were going to make it to the finish of the 110-mile Pickering-based gravel event.
On stage six the gear selector and handbrake broke meaning she not only had to read the pacenotes through the nine-mile stage, but her navigating duties extended to also holding the handbrake to aid Pinder.
The crew were then concerned that the car was going to set on fire and in order to make it back to the main service at Pickering to fix the problem, they had to make some modifications at the end of the stage.
Despite worries that they had lost a significant amount of time, they had only dropped a few seconds and were still on course for a solid result and after resolving the issue, went on to post consistent times inside the top 15 to claim a hard earned finish and more points in the BRC.
"We had a good result but it wasn't the best of days," said 24-year-old Baker, "It was really stressful and at one point we didn't think we were going to make it but we salvaged a result which was really satisfying."
Baker has been contesting the entire BRC campaign alongside Pinder this year and following the result in round five in North Yorkshire is now fourth in the R2 class co-drivers' standings. No overall series tables are available due to the pending appeal.
She will next be in action back home on her native Isle of Mull for the infamous and notoriously challenging Tour of Mull Rally next week (10 -- 12 October) in which she will shout the notes for North Yorkshire driver Paul Daniel in a Mk2 Ford Escort across the tarmac roads.