Jim Clark Podium for Gwynn Barnstaple based 'Stars of the Future' co-driver scored his second podium of the season alongside top driver Mark Gamble as they guided their Peugeot 106 to 3rd overall after an action packed day on this weekends Jim...
Jim Clark Podium for Gwynn
Barnstaple based 'Stars of the Future' co-driver scored his second podium of the season alongside top driver Mark Gamble as they guided their Peugeot 106 to 3rd overall after an action packed day on this weekends Jim Clark Rally.
Run over closed public roads in the south of Scotland the Jim Clark is the first tarmac rally of the Stars of the Future season and it also gave the crews a chance to recce and, should they choose, to make their own notes. Like most crews Mark Gamble and George Gwynn opted to use the organisers 'Patterson's Pacenotes' and just modifies them slightly.
The opening stage gave an indication of how hot the competition was going to be as Gamble and Gwynn stopped the clocks a mere 0.8 seconds behind the early leader, Carwyn Harries, in his Suzuki Ignis. Mark had recently fitted a newer engine to the car and the extra horsepower seemed to make all the difference as Gamble powered himself into the lead on stage 2, the 4.8 mile Whiteadder, complete with an infamous water crossing that saw the demise of Harries Suzuki.
A minor indiscretion on Stage 3 saw the pair overshoot a hairpin. The resultant impact with the bank cost them around 40 seconds. and the front spoiler. We didn't need the front bumper anyway, it was just additional weight that was costing us time! Chirped co-driver Gwynn.
The pair then went quickest over the next stage, a second run through Whiteadder and were now keen to make up some of that lost time. However a faulty crank sensor on Blackadder 2 cost the pair a mighty 3 minutes and quite possibly any chance of victory.
Even with the problem eventually resolved the pair now lay 8th overall but Mark was not prepared to go down without a fight. 3rd quickest on the next stage was followed up by a string of fastest times as the pair demonstrated some of their potential on their way back up the leader board to eventually finish 3rd overall on an event they could easily have won.
Mark will now skip the Isle of Man to concentrate on his business whilst George Gwynn will change cars and sit alongside championship rival David Meredith as he aims to gain as much experience as possible.