GASS READY TO GO IN '07 Darren Gass and Neil Shanks begin their assault on the 2007 Tesco 99 Octane British Rally Championship with this weekend's Pirelli International Rally in Carlisle. After a long break since the last 2006...
GASS READY TO GO IN '07
Darren Gass and Neil Shanks begin their assault on the 2007 Tesco 99 Octane British Rally Championship with this weekend's Pirelli International Rally in Carlisle.
After a long break since the last 2006 championship round, both Darren and Neil are raring to go. Darren has kept busy with the family business and managed a couple of events in four wheel drive machinery, finishing 4th overall on the Down Rally in a Celica, also taking a late entry on the Aghadowey race circuit rally.
Unable to test the regular Super 1600 Fiesta before the Carlisle based Pirelli Rally, he is still keen to post a good result, "Obviously we are all on Pirelli tyres now so that will take a little while to get used to," said the youngster from Armagh, "But we have had work done on the engine at Jondel who have found a bit more power so we hope to be close to the pace setters. Neil has competed on this event since 2002, so with my experience last year we should be able to get the pace notes right."
The Crozier Motorsport run team is also keen to try the new engine management set-up which promises to make the car more driveable. Despite the engine only being re-fitted last week, Darren is confident for the forthcoming event, "The dark stages on Friday night tend to be quite difficult for everyone so it should give us a chance to settle in without losing too much time. The problems we had with suspension on last year's event are now sorted and I'm really looking forward to getting back to the Championship."
The team has a varied year planned, with the British series complemented by some outings on Irish tarmac including the possibility of Rally Ireland and Donegal. But closer to home the season gets underway from Carlisle at teatime on Friday, utilising stages in Kielder Forest and returning to the finish in the City Centre on Saturday afternoon.