Peugeot hold 2nd, 3rd and 4th Overnight at Jim Clark. Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 4, The Jim Clark Memorial Rally -Friday 12th July `02 The fourth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship started today at Edinburgh's Ocean...
Peugeot hold 2nd, 3rd and 4th Overnight at Jim Clark.
Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 4, The Jim Clark Memorial Rally -Friday 12th July `02
The fourth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship started today at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre. The Jim Clark Memorial Rally takes the series from Edinburgh to the hills around Duns and Berwick, providing some of the most testing stages so far this season for official works drivers, Rory Galligan and Justin Dale in their Super 1600 Peugeot 206's.
Heading down into the famous water stage at Langton, where a new road has been constructed to accommodate the volume of spectators, Dale put in an impressive first stage, fastest of the Super 1600 (S1600) field by 1/10th of a second. Teammate Galligan was 1.07 seconds behind Dale.
Just 1.8 seconds behind Gwyndaff Evans, Peugeot's Justin Dale held second place at stage 3 in the hills of Bothwell, with Galligan in 3rd place, 15 seconds down on Evans. The ex-works Peugeot 106 of Kent's Martin Sansom completes the Peugeot line up in the British Rally Championship, lying just behind Galligan in fourth place.
With every conceivable driving condition on the first few stages, Rory Galligan commented; "These stages are very changeable. We are slipping about and have lost a bit of bumper, but that's only cosmetic. We are struggling a little with grip but don't intend to change the set-up before leg 2."
After a relatively dry start to leg 1, stage 4 witnessed a downpour with subsequent spins and slides from the works Peugeot 206 as the weather closed in. Dale lost time with two spins and lies 26.7 seconds down on Evans with Galligan 3rd , 44.1 seconds behind.
Still struggling for grip Dale and Bargery dropped a few seconds on stage 5. Galligan put in an impressive stage time, followed closely by Peugeot 106 driver Martin Sansom.
Martin Sansom continued to charge and on stage 6 he set a second fastest time. Peugeot now held 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. Dale blasted through stage 7 taking a massive 35 seconds off Evans in the MG. Martin Sansom, who is this weekend being co-driven by Ieuan Thomas, was delighted with his position slightly ahead of Galligan.
Justin Dale commented; "After heavy rain earlier this afternoon we were slipping about a lot. We changed our suspension at the middle service, which helped for the last three stages. We also changed the gearbox at the final service halt. This will give us higher gearing tomorrow, as we were on the rev limiter a lot today."
7 stages, 46.28 stage miles and 176.11 road miles completes the first leg of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally. Evans leads the rally over night followed closely by Dale 3.3 seconds down, Sansom is 24.2 seconds back and Galligan 46 seconds. With an over night halt in Edinburgh the rally begins tomorrow (Saturday) from the Ocean Terminal and heads across to Blackadder, just south of Chirnside.
Saturday 13th July
Start Leg 2
Ocean Terminal 05:30
111.06 Stage Miles
286.78 Road Miles
Finish Leg 2
Ocean Terminal 17:30
Saturday 13th July
Ocean Terminal 21:00
Justin Dale - currently has 13 points overall in the championship. These points put him 3rd overall in the drivers championship and 2nd in the Super 1600 category.
Rory Galligan - currently has 10 points overall in the championship. These points put him 5th overall in the driver's championship and 4th equal with MG's Gwndaff Evans in the Super 1600 category.
Peugeot are currently leading the manufacturer championship.