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Isle of Man: Gordon Nichol weekend summary

Manx crash dashes Scottish ace's rallying hopes St Boswells' based rally driver Gordon Nichol suffered a disastrous outing to the Isle of Man last weekend when the Suzuki Cup front runner was caught out in treacherous conditions and crashed...

Manx crash dashes Scottish ace's rallying hopes

St Boswells' based rally driver Gordon Nichol suffered a disastrous outing to the Isle of Man last weekend when the Suzuki Cup front runner was caught out in treacherous conditions and crashed through a bank, extensively damaging his rally car. Fortunately both Gordon and co-driver Jane were unhurt in the high speed accident.

Gordon and Jane, winners of the opening round of the championship, had headed to the 3 day long Rally Isle of Man just hoping for a solid result. A cautious start saw the pair go fifth fastest through the opening stage, before stepping up the pace over the next few tests. By the start of the final stage of Day 1 the Cooks Car and Van Hire backed Suzuki Swift was up to second in class. However half way through the stage disaster struck. Gordon was caught out on a deceptive right hand bend and smashed through the bank, vaulting the little Suzuki end over end into a field. Fortunately neither Gordon nor Jane were injured but the Swift was going no further.

Ouch. That was the biggest crash of my rallying career. It was really unfortunate because we were actually just taking it cautiously. At least we weren't alone in crashing there as quite a few others made the same mistake, but that doesn't really help our championship! I need to sit down and count the pennies now as that has really dented both the car and the budget!

Ironically, despite challenging for the overall championship honours entering this rally Gordon is quite possibly one of the least experienced drivers in the series. The Rally Isle of Man was only his 20th ever rally!

The next round of the British Rally Championship is the Todd's Leap Ulster Rally which takes place from 22 to 23 August 2008.

Anyone interested in supporting Gordon in the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup for the remainder of the season are invited to get in touch with him at gtrallying@fsmail.net and Gordon will be more than happy to go through all options available for a company looking to advertise in the biggest rally championship in the UK just now.

-credit: gn

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