Peugeot One -Two at Jim Clark Memorial Rally. Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 4, The Jim Clark Memorial Rally Saturday 13th July 02 The final leg of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally kicked off in the early hours of this morning with ...
Peugeot One -Two at Jim Clark Memorial Rally.
Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 4, The Jim Clark Memorial Rally
Saturday 13th July 02
The final leg of the Jim Clark Memorial Rally kicked off in the early hours of this morning with spectacular results for Peugeot Sport UK and works driver Justin Dale. Dale who suffered yesterday with grip problems proved the Jim Clark Rally wasnt to beat him when he set 10 of the fastest stage times out of a possible 14 stages today, ensuring his win for the Super 1600 category in his works Peugeot 206.
Delighted Justin Dale commented; We struggled with grip a bit this morning but the weather changed this afternoon and allowed us to keep a steady pace. It was hard out there this weekend and we have had our fair share of problems with the new set-up. Its good to have won this event again for Peugeot.
After a battle with MGs Gwyndaff Evans, Dale charged ahead of the former British Rally champion early on in the Scottish Borders taking the fastest stage time from Evans by 8/10th of a second. Blackadder and Ayton proved tough for Dale but he soon regained the fastest stage times from Evans into the tough stage of Chirnside.
Martin Sansom continued to charge for the title this afternoon putting in a cracking stage time of 2:03 at the famous Langton 5 water splash, his fastest stage time today slightly ahead of Dale. Sansom commented; The car feels much better today, we were able to push a lot harder. Sansom went on to follow Dale home in second place in the Super 1600 class, despite flattening his exhaust hitting the rear end of the car while avoiding a head on into a wall.
The Jim Clark Rally has been the first opportunity the Peugeot Works team have had to use and develop their Peugeot 206s after the new tarmac parts from France arrived only a few days ago.
Struggling with grip problems, works driver, Irishman Galligan commented; We were on full wets this morning and that just didnt work for us into stage 8 we slid into a metal fence and burst the radiator.
Trying to escape through a field and rejoin the rally, the only way out was through a wooden gate that led us into a steep ditch. We had to keep stopping along the road to top up the radiator to stop it from overheating and we lost our front wings. Gordon and I will treat the rest of today as a test. The engine power is down and we have lost a lot of time. We just want to finish in the points. His day got better when he chose slicks for the Langton Stage and the weather began to brighten up.
Dale led the rally from stage 9 to the finish, albeit with a slight oil problem. Through sheer determination, team and car excellence Dale wins the 4th round of the British Rally Championship.
Peugeot UK Motorsport Manager, Mick Linford commented; We are obviously pleased with Justins result. Its great considering we only received the new revised suspension set-up from France last Wednesday. Its frustrating for Rory but he kept going and has had more time in the car.
1st Justin Dale: 2:15.25.2 22nd Martin Sansom: 2:17.35.7
British Rally Championship Drivers Points after Round 4:
Driver Car Points
Jonny Milner Toyota Corolla 32 2Justin Dale (Leading S1600 driver) Peugeot 206 XS 23 2Guy Wilks Ford Puma 16
The next and 5th round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship takes us to The Isle of Man August 1st-3rd 02.