TEENAGE GASS READY FOR ISLE OF MAN After taking the Rally 3 class win and fifth place in the BRC's Jim Clark Rally, Northern Irishman Darren Gass and his Scottish co-driver Neil Shanks had some extra practice in Belgium before this weekend's ...
TEENAGE GASS READY FOR ISLE OF MAN
After taking the Rally 3 class win and fifth place in the BRC's Jim Clark Rally, Northern Irishman Darren Gass and his Scottish co-driver Neil Shanks had some extra practice in Belgium before this weekend's Rally Isle of Man.
They set some excellent times their newly acquired Citroen C2 S1600 on the Belgian Ypres Westhoek Rally, even posting a couple inside the top twenty and impressed many with local knowledge. Despite several punctures Darren pronounced himself happy and ready for the third round of the British Rally Championship. "The rally was a great experience," said Darren," and it has given us more time on tarmac ready for the Manx lanes."
Still the youngest driver in the series, Darren hopes the Citroen will be better suited to the Isle of Man than last year's Ford. Although his times were still impressive in 2006 until suspension damage forced the youngster out. "So far the car has been 100%." he said, "I'm sure it is a better car but I'm also more comfortable in it and I think that counts for a lot. We managed to play with suspension settings in Belgium where there was less pressure than on the BRC events. There were more S1600 cars competing so it made us push harder which I hope will make the Isle of Man an easier event."
Darren reckons there is more to come from the little Citroen C2 and he will get a chance to shake test the car on Wednesday on the official pre-event shakedown. The action starts on Thursday evening with the bulk of the stage mileage on Friday and Saturday. Start, finish and centralised service are at Douglas's famous TT Grandstand with a prize giving and party on Saturday evening. 165 Stage Miles on some of the fastest asphalt in the world awaits the crew and they will be ready to tame the Manx tarmac on Thursday.