Punctures punish Max on Pirelli Revolution Wheels supported Subaru Impreza rally driver Max Utting suffered a last stage puncture which dropped the personable 24 year old outside the top ten on a very difficult Pirelli International Rally, ...
Punctures punish Max on Pirelli
Revolution Wheels supported Subaru Impreza rally driver Max Utting suffered a last stage puncture which dropped the personable 24 year old outside the top ten on a very difficult Pirelli International Rally, the second round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship.
Utting, who was joined by Ken Bowman in the Subaru Impreza N12b for the first time, was one of many to struggle in the hanging dust on Friday night and ended the opening leg in 15th position, but was just relieved to have survived a high speed spin in the final test of the evening. A driveshaft breakage on Saturday morning cost more time but by mid afternoon Utting was on the fringes of the top ten when a puncture in the final stage forced him to stop and change the offending item. This was done with minimal time loss but then, caught in the dust from a slower car, Utting lost almost five minutes on his rivals and dropped down to 15th position once more!
Max Utting; so frustrating, when we had a clean stage our times were really good but Kielder is well known for its fearsome reputation and so just to survive is a small victory! Ken and I got on really well and now we must look forward to the Jim Clark International Rally - my first taste of tarmac in a 4 wheel drive rally car!
Talented youngster Alistair Fisher, driving a Revolution Wheels shod Mitsubishi Evo 9, had run as high as third overall on Friday night and by stage six had set a number of top three fastest stage times but was forced to retire before the halfway mark with a damaged gearbox.
Former Historic Rally Champion David Stokes was another rapid Revolution Wheels backed driver, comfortably leading his class in a Ford Escort Mk 1 until mechanical gremlins halted him within sight of the finish of the Pirelli Historic Rally!
Warren Mckiernan, Revolution Wheels Director; once again Kielder lives up to it's infamous reputation, with over half the field succumbing to either mechanical woes or the lure of the ditches that lines these high speed stages! Both David and Alistair once again showed their pace and Max has learnt a lot from this weekend so we can be proud of their respective performances.
The next round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship is the Jim Clark International Rally which takes place on the high speed tarmac roads around Kelso, Scotland over the weekend of 28 and 29 May. This will also mark the British Rally Championship debut of the ultra lightweight Millennium II 18 inch wheels.
-source: revolution wheels