Dale leads S1600's at overnight halt. The Manx International Rally - Leg 2, 2nd August, 2002 On day two of the fifth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship there was no question of which tyres the Peugeot Super 1600 works team were ...
Dale leads S1600's at overnight halt.
The Manx International Rally - Leg 2, 2nd August, 2002
On day two of the fifth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship there was no question of which tyres the Peugeot Super 1600 works team were going to use. Having rained steadily all night, the day dawned still very wet and looked set to stay that way.
Justin Dale reported Stage 6, the first stage of the day and a re-run of Stage 2, very wet particularly towards the end which showed in his stage time at 40 seconds slower, and his team mate Rory Galligan spun his Peugeot 206. Privateer Martin Sansom also reported "a few spins", but it was Stage 7 which was to upset the running order when Galligan slid off getting stuck in the mud and losing almost ten minutes. Fortunately he arrived at the following service at Jurby with no damage but there was still a challenge for the Peugeot team when Justin Dale's car suddenly lost fuel pressure. However, some frantic activity on the part of the mechanics saw him depart in good shape and on time.
All drivers were treating the conditions on Stage 8 with respect, Galligan reporting that he was "very cautious" following his experience on the previous stage. James Thompson slid off and damaged his front nearside suspension.
Still with a comfortable lead in the Super 1600 Category, Dale reported his screen misting up in Stage 9, but Galligan's luck ran out completely when the cambelt failed. Galligan commented; "It's been a hard rally for Gordon and I from start to finish. It's frustrating for us. I would have been able to swallow the disappointment if we had retired when we were still in second, but due to my earlier mistake we lost a lot of time."
After the lunchtime service and while the rain continued unabated, Justin Dale was lucky to get away with just bodywork damage from the ford on Stage 10, while Thompson's miserable day continued with a two minute visit to a ditch.
Martin Sansom dropped two minutes in Stage 11 with a failing crown wheel & pinion which was soon fixed with a change of gearbox at the following service and he maintained second position in the Super 1600 Category. Sansom commented; "As we pulled into the collecting area I began to prepare the car for a gearbox change which I think helped speed up the change as we only dropped a couple of minutes."
Dale took things easy in stage 16, saying "It's so narrow, lots of squares, it would be silly to knock any corners off now. We want to win our class on this event rather than focus on beating the WRC cars.". Despite his earlier problems, Thompson continued to set very creditable stage times.
The weather had one more trick up its sleeve and the final stage of the day was shrouded in fog. More/