Painful end to strong run for Bull
Birmingham based Andy Bull ended a strong run on last weekends Wales Rally GB with a trip to hospital and a broken collar bone, but despite that was still pleased with his weekend alongside Welshman Stuart Jones.
Andy was co-driving Stuart in the revolutionary new MG Super 2000 Sport on their home rally. Whilst neither had any expectations they were acutely aware that Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2007 World Rally Championship, would be a tough event.
A cautious start, as the pair adapted to the MSD run machine, saw them end day 1 just outside the top 10 in the PWRC. The highlight of the day was going eighth fastest overall, beating a number of world rally cars, on the final, fog bound stage of the day.
Minor setup changes overnight saw the pair able to push harder on Day 2, with a string of top 10 class times, including a third fastest in the Production class. However it all went horribly wrong on the last stage of the day. Power steering problems had distracted Stuart on a fast right hand bend and he ran wide into loose gravel and slipped off the road. The car hit a mound of earth with quite some impact, the shock of which caused Andy considerable pain.
The stage was stopped and the veteran of over 25 world rallies was taken to hospital where it was confirmed that he had broken his collar bone!
Ouch! My shoulder really hurts! I feel sorry for Stu because we'd actually backed off through that stage. The impact was quite big and once the world had stopped moving I could feel this incredible pain in my shoulder. It's a clean break so should heal no problem. The car was great and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I'm really impressed with how fast Stuart adapted to the flat shift and adjusted his driving style to suit the high revving car.
Stuart and Andy are currently examining a variety of possibilities for 2008 and an announcement will be made soon.