30TH APRIL 2000: Simon Maugher from Aylesbury scored a decisive victory on the opening round of the inaugural Ford Racing Puma Rally Championship, on the opening round of the Championship at Rally of the Lakes. This all tarmac event based in ...
30TH APRIL 2000: Simon Maugher from Aylesbury scored a decisive victory on the opening round of the inaugural Ford Racing Puma Rally Championship, on the opening round of the Championship at Rally of the Lakes.
This all tarmac event based in Killarney, consisting of 180 of Ireland's toughest stage miles, developed into a gigantic battle between the current Irish Ford Ka Champions Derek Daly and UK Ford KA Champions Simon Maugher.
Maugher caught the pre event favourite Daly napping taking the early advantage over the first loop. Daly responded magnificently using his local knowledge, to end day one sixteen seconds ahead of Maugher.
The battle recommenced on Day Two with Maugher again taking the advantage on Stage One putting Daly under pressure. Daly deciding to run without a spare wheel suffered a puncture on stage thirteen, damaging his front suspension in the process which put him out of contention. Despite suffering from gear selection problems on the final stage Maugher scored a decisive victory finishing in an amazing eighteenth position overall, amongst a quality field of WRC machinery.
"I am delighted to win it was really great fun, I was disappointed that Derek damaged his suspension as we were have a magnificent battle, Derek was really pushing me hard and I am looking forward to doing battle with him for the rest of the season. The Ford Puma is the best Rally Car I have ever driven and I think my result here today has proved the credentials of the Ford Puma beyond doubt" said Simon.
The 2000 Ford Puma Rally Championship is the first one make rally championship to use works specification identically prepared 1400 Ford Puma Kit Cars. The Ford Racing Puma Rally Championship is designed to promote young rallying talent and is part of the Ford Motor Company's stairway to success, that sees the Ford Motor Company providing young drivers with competitive rally machinery throughout the careers. The Rally of the Lakes was the first out of five events based in Ireland and the UK.
<pre> RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
After Round 1. Pos. Name Address Points 1 Simon Maugher Aylesbury, Berks. 15 2 Derek Daly Killarney, Co. Kerry 13 3 Ian Chadwick Cork 11
ROUND 1 - 29TH&30TH APRIL GLENEAGLE RALLY OF THE LAKES Organising Club Killarney & District Motor Club Start/Finish Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland Special Stages 180m/290km over closed public roads, all tarmac Format Reconnaissance and Pace Note permitted
ROUND 2 - 9TH & 10TH JUNE SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL RALLY Organising Club RSAC Start/Finish Dumfries, Scotland. Special Stages 140m/255kms the majority over forestry roads. Format Reconnaissance and Pace Note permitted
ROUND 3 - 30TH JUNE/1ST & 2ND JULY JIM CLARK RALLY Organising Club Berwick & District Motor Club Start/Finish Duns, Scotland. Special Stages 170m/270kms over closed public roads, all tarmac Format Reconnaissance and Pace Note permitted
ROUND 4 - 22ND & 23RD JULY WEST 2000 Organising Club Galway Motor Club Start/Finish Galway, Ireland Special Stages 180m/290km over closed public roads, all tarmac Format Reconnaissance and Pace Note permitted
ROUND 5 - 12th AUGUST SILVERSTONE RALLYSPRINT Organising Club M3 Partnership Start/Finish Silverstone, England. Special Stages Mixed Surface event. Format TBA