Meredith falls foul of Manx lanes Dolgellau based David Meredith endured a frustrating weekend when, after sliding off the road in changeable conditions on the second leg, the 2006 'stars of the future' champion was unable to restart his car...
Meredith falls foul of Manx lanes
Dolgellau based David Meredith endured a frustrating weekend when, after sliding off the road in changeable conditions on the second leg, the 2006 'stars of the future' champion was unable to restart his car and had to return under super rally to complete the event.
David, co-driven again by Carlisle based BBC reporter Jemma Bellingham in the Revolution Wheels backed Mitsubishi Evo 9, ended the opening leg eighth in class but was concerned about his starter motor. He had struggled to start the car after the second stage when the starter had seized on him.
Friday morning began well as David adapted to his upgraded gearbox, but with changeable conditions throughout the island the 28 year old farmer was being cautious. Top 10 times throughout the morning showed that David was getting the measure of his Mitsubishi, despite no testing before arriving on the island. However it all went wrong on Stage 9. The pair experienced a wild 'moment' on a bad cambered section and David failed to hear Jemma call the next corner. The result was that the duo slid off into a ditch. Incredibly the car was not stuck but the engine had stalled. The starter motor played up again and David was unable to restart the car and for the pair, the leg was over.
We just had a bit of bad luck really. I was lucky to catch the first 'moment' and just didn't absorb the information for the next corner. We slid off gently and then the starter played up, which ended our day! It's a pity because we'd finally sorted the settings out and I had more confidence in the car.
The pair returned on Saturday under super rally and continued to set solid top ten times en route to eighth in class at the end of three long hard days of rallying. David will now check over the car ahead of his first visit to Ireland when the pair contest the Ulster Rally, round 4 of the 207 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship.
-credit: geoff mayes