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Isle of Man: Peugeot S1600 Works Team preview

`Bargery returns home' Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 5, The Manx Rally 1st -3rd August `02 The fifth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship gets underway next week across the water on the Isle of Man as Peugeot works ...

`Bargery returns home'

Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 5, The Manx Rally 1st -3rd August `02

The fifth round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship gets underway next week across the water on the Isle of Man as Peugeot works co-driver Andrew Bargery returns home for the famous Manx Rally.

220 competitive stage miles face the works team for the 5th round of the championship. Starting in Castletown Square south of the island on Thursday 1st August at 6.30pm, the rally continues over the pretty island throughout the weekend on spectacular bumpy, twisty roads.

Andrew Bargery, co-driver for works driver Justin Dale was born on the Isle of Man. He commented; "Being number 1 and first off the line at my home rally is fantastic for me. I grew up on the island and so I know the roads very well. I am confident we will have a good rally, the event is long but it suits the 206's."

Justin Dale who tested at proving ground MIRA earlier this week commented; "The Manx Rally is a great rally and one I have competed in for the last 5 years. Andrew and I have won our class there and in 2000 we were the quickest Super 1600."

Irishman and Peugeot works driver Rory Galligan has no experience of the Manx Rally. Undeterred he commented; "I have no idea what to expect at the Manx. Part of me thinks that's just as well as I don't have any preconceptions. I'm looking forward to it though. I hope the roads are going to be interesting!"

The Peugeot Total team are currently leading the manufacturers title by 36 points to nearest rival MG X Power and are confident the works cars are well set-up for the Manx Rally. Works driver Justin Dale commented; "I am happy with my 206 after testing at MIRA this week. We have fitted a completely new suspension set-up. I was straight in the car at the last event since my bruised ribs prevented me from testing, so the car was not exactly how I would have liked. We still took the Super 1600 category though, and I am confident of another win at the Manx."

Martin Sansom who is now competing with Ieuan Thomas as the 106's co-driver commented: "I have only done the Manx Rally once and that was in 1997. It will be interesting to see how the car fairs since it is a long event and probably more than 50 miles longer than the Jim Clark Rally. That event was hard on the car so we will need to be careful on the Isle of Man."

James Thompson in the other ex-works Peugeot 106 has also never competed at the Manx Rally and is looking forward to the tarmac event. Having put in impressive times on recent tarmac events the Touring Car ace commented; "I'm really looking forward to this event. Plug (co-driver) and I believe it will be a good event that should suit the 106 well."

Current world rally champions and Peugeot 206 duo Richard Burns and Robert Reid won the Manx Rally in 1993.

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Series BRC
Drivers Jim Clark , Richard Burns , James Thompson , Robert Reid , Andrew Bargery , Justin Dale