COOKSON AIMS FOR MANX TOP TEN Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells will be making the trip over to the Isle of Man next week to contest round four of the 2010 Dulux Trade British Rally ...
COOKSON AIMS FOR MANX TOP TEN
Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells will be making the trip over to the Isle of Man next week to contest round four of the 2010 Dulux Trade British Rally Championship when the International Rally Isle of Man gets underway next Friday (9th July).
Fresh from their superb top ten placing on the Jim Clark Rally last time out, which heralded their tarmac debut in their TEG Sport prepared and Wiseman Dairies, Spar, Kick Energy and Speedline Wheels-sponsored Subaru Impreza N15, to go with the eighth place finish on the Pirelli International Rally which comprised round two, the pair arrive in Douglas in confident mood.
Alan said "The car has been repaired by TEG Sport after our excursion into a stone wall on the Jim Clark Rally, returning 'Moooorial' to her best, for what we hope will be a fantastic trip over to the Isle of Man. She is now looking so good that we allowed her to go out to grass last week and have a holiday up at the Highland Games in Scotland, where she was on display in the main arena promoting main sponsors Wiseman Dairies and SPAR, we just hope she is well rested and ready for the longest and arguably the toughest event of the year!"
He continued: "We are really looking forward to getting back out and competing around the Manx lanes, especially after finishing in tenth on the Jim Clark Rally back in May, and are hoping that we can maintain the consistency we have had on the last two rounds, as avoiding punctures and taking a measured approach has resulted in us climbing the leaderboard during the latter stages of these two events.
"The Isle of Man National Rally has been our favourite event over the last three years; despite not actually finishing on the last two events there, we have been in good positions before retiring so we know we can go well over there and stepping up to International level will suit us fine. The last time we actually managed to finish the event it was in 15th overall in an older GPN Subaru, so hopefully the return to a Group N car for this year will see us and 'Moooorial' cross the finish line in Douglas on Saturday evening."
Co driver Wilkinson added: "We believe we can improve on our tenth place on the Jim Clark last time out as we have some knowledge of the bumpy tarmac roads on the island having competed there three times before, unlike on the Jim Clark which was very new to us so this should at least help our cause. The TEG Sport team have some good suspension set up information for the roads over there after recent tests on the Manx Telecom Rally in May, and that coupled with a new turbo and a few other bits of work the TEG Sport team has done, we hope we can put all this to good use and record a third top ten finish in a row."
The event is going to start early for 'Moooorial' as well, with a visit to a local school on the Island on Wednesday morning to promote the event to the youngsters and try to get them more involved in motorsport at an early age.
The rally starts at 10am on Friday, taking in 100 stage miles, and concludes at 5pm on Saturday with the TT Grandstand celebrations after a further 75 miles of action.