Scottish Peugeot National Rally, 8th & 9th June, 2002 The opening day of round three of the TOTAL supported 206 Super Cup saw Ulsterman Garry Jennings hold a one second lead over Patrick Richard, the 28 year old from Whistler, Canada. Richard...
Scottish Peugeot National Rally, 8th & 9th June, 2002
The opening day of round three of the TOTAL supported 206 Super Cup saw Ulsterman Garry Jennings hold a one second lead over Patrick Richard, the 28 year old from Whistler, Canada. Richard led through the first four stages of the day with Jennings holding top spot through the final two tests. Richard is seen as a rising star in Canada having won the last two rounds of the Canadian National Championship.
Loch Grannoch was the 11.70 mile opening stage. Richard, accompanied by Alyson Marlow, immediately put his mark on the event with a time of 11 minutes 25.5 seconds leaving him 4.3 seconds clear of Marco Ramanen the Banbury based Finn. Richard said;"I'm trying not to second guess the notes." Ramanen in turn was still complaining of being rusty and felt he was not pushing hard enough on the fast parts of the stage. Garry Jennings was 3rd fastest 7.5 seconds down on Richard. Chris Moore, still celebrating the birth of daughter Katie last week, was 4th only 0.2 second behind Jennings, with Shaun Gallagher 5th.
SS2 Black Loch saw Richard again fastest over the 7.72 miles. However Jack Ingleby was on a charge setting the 2nd fastest time 2.8 seconds down on Richard. This moved Ingleby into 4th place overall from 6th. Jennings pipped Ramanen by half a second but their overall positions were not affected. Ramanen was concerned as he hit a pot hole over a crest and knocked the off side front wheel back 20mm. He was worried they may not have time to fix the problem at service. Richard's run was not uneventful and he said;" On a very fast section into a tight left the notes were a little late and I didn't brake at until we were on top of the corner." Later in the stage he was nearly caught out when he cut a very fast flat left hand bend in 6th gear, the cut pitched the vehicle onto the off side front wheel. The car was left travelling at a 45 degree angle and didn't land properly until the next right hand bend! His quote at the end was conflicting when he said;"I don't want to play the odds too hard, after all I am here to learn!".
Third stage of the Day Loch Derry, saw Jennings post his first fastest time over the 6.05 miles. Richard was 2nd quickest, a scant 2.5 seconds back with Ingleby 3rd, Moore 4th and Gallagher 5th. The top five were split by only 6.7 seconds through the stage. Paul Alexander had problems in the pouring rain when the wipers crossed over and got stuck. Ramanen lost time with a front puncture received 1.5 miles from the stage finish.
Stage four Glentrool saw the demise of a number of crews over the long 18.17 miles - Chris Moore, Andy Pawley and Trevor Martin all retiring. Jennings was again fastest. However it was only by the narrowest of margins, 2.1 seconds up on Richard with Ramanen 3rd, Ingleby 4th and Mike Faulkner 5th. Ingleby had a narrow escape, he was trying so hard he went off on the flying finish but recovered well to rejoin the stage without losing any time.
The penultimate stage of the day Shaw Hill at 10.27 miles saw the stages now beginning to severely test the crews and the stage saw the demise of the hard charging Ingleby and George Philippedes who both rolled out. Andrus Laur went off into a soft ditch. Jennings was the quickest of the crews and took the overall lead with a time 2.1 seconds up on Ramanen with Richard 3rd and Faulkner 4th. Gallagher was fifth fastest despite flattening the exhaust on a jump in the stage. Richard said;"We were flying. Most of the time we were off the ground !" He did admit to a couple of overshoots but nothing serious.
The final stage of the day, Glengap, saw Ramanen post his first fastest time 8.5 seconds faster than Jennings. Despite this he was still complaining."Again horrible, couldn't see for dust, didn't know where the road went at all, it was like there was a wall at the window". Garry Jenning's said;" I'm glad that's all over for today." He explained that he had been unable to do the recce for Saturdays route and was therefore not confident in the pace notes, however he was looking forward to tomorrow as he had done the recce and seen the stages for himself. Richard left his trump card till last, putting old tyres on for the last stage to preserve his new ones for Sunday. <pre> Overnight Top Ten
1 Garry Jennings Paul Nagle GB/GB 1:03:38.0 2 Patrick Richard Alyson Marlow CDN/GB 1:03:39.0 0:00:01.0 3 Marko Ramanen Ian Bevan FIN/GB 1:03:58.8 0:00:20.8 4 Mike Faulkner Alan Clark GB/ 1:04:52.9 0:01:14.9 5 Daniel Dunbabin Clive Dunbabin GB/GB 1:06:40.8 0:03:02.8 6 Rob Russell Marc Jones GB/GB 1:06:55.1 0:03:17.1 7 Shaun Gallagher Richard Pashley IRL/GB 1:07:05.1 0:03:27.1 8 Graham McClintock Martin Kernick IRL/GB 1:07:13.2 0:03:35.2 9 Alun Pearson Simon Brook GB/GB 1:08:34.1 0:04:56.1 10 Martin Evans Shaun O'Gorman GB/GB 1:09:47.8 0:06:09.8