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Rally of Great Britain: MG final summary

Evans and Patterson retire at Rhoela. Gwyndaf Evans and Chris Patterson were forced to retire 12kms into stage 15 of the Rally GB when a rear hub sheared on their Super1600 MG ZR. After completing the gruelling 54.69kms of Resolfen the...

Evans and Patterson retire at Rhoela.

Gwyndaf Evans and Chris Patterson were forced to retire 12kms into stage 15 of the Rally GB when a rear hub sheared on their Super1600 MG ZR.

After completing the gruelling 54.69kms of Resolfen the pairing were lying sixth in class and within the top thirty of the 50 cars still remaining. It was on the next stage at Rheola that the MG retired two thirds of the way through. It was a bitter disappointment to the MG crew, Gwyndaf and co-driver Chris Patterson. Gwyndaf said: "Of course I'm disappointed but this weekend has shown that we have a fantastic foundation to work from. This makes me upbeat for the future. It shows how tough a WRC rally can be and the potential of the MG ZR."

Chris added: "Disappointed to be out with just over two stages left to go and a possible fourth place in the JWRC. We're looking forward now to developing the car for competing next year."

The last remaining MG of Tony Jardine completed the third stage of the day first in class and headed out onto the penultimate stage at Margam in 42nd position overall. Talking of the days stages, co-driver Maurice Hamilton said: "We really want the MG to finish now as it's so rough out there it would be a real testament to the car. It really is unbelievable. The car and the tyres are so tough to be able to cope with the bashing it's taking. We've got to get it through the final stage now having got this far and we're really pushing on. Some areas its like a ploughed field and if we went too slowly we'd come to a halt. We're still here!"

-mgrg-

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