Gass with his Pirelli Star Driver Evo Several Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship contenders have been undergoing testing prior to the start of the season next week, Darren Gass being one benefiting from some tuition too. He made...
Gass with his Pirelli Star Driver Evo
Several Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship contenders have been undergoing testing prior to the start of the season next week, Darren Gass being one benefiting from some tuition too.
He made the trip toWales today (Tuesday) where his newly Pirelli liveried bright yellow Mitsubishi awaited, along with fellow Northern Irishman Kris Meek's. The plan for the day was to allow Darren to acclimatise himself to the Evo IX, and hopefully learn from the experienced Meeke in the unfamiliar machine.
After the first few runs both Darren and Kris were surprised how slippery it was on the forestry loop, Darren commenting, "It's a different beast to the Citroen and if you go off the clean line it takes much longer to come back after it has gone sideways." he added, "It is all new today; I had to learn the stage first, as Neil isn't here to call the 'notes. Then the car is so different, even from the WRC Subaru I drove once last year and to cap it all I'm using a HANS helmet for the first time too."
The youngster has not been idle since winning the Pirelli Star Driver final in December, taking fitness seriously in advance of the 2008 season, "I'm going to the Gym twice a week and playing football in between, I'm even being more careful about what I eat and drink." he said.
Although he has not driven competitively since the final, the full day in Wales will see him drive at least as many miles as the opening round in Carlisle next week. "It has been a good day and well worthwhile," concluded Darren, "The stages in Kielder should have more grip so it will take a couple of stages to get the feel of it, I'm really looking forward to it."
The Pirelli International Rally starts from Carlisle City centre on Friday 18th April at around 7pm with stages running into darkness. The bulk of the stages will take place on Saturday with the finish back in Carlisle at around 5pm.