Cronin Crushes the Opposition with Magnificent Manx Victory TEG Sport team driver and co-driver and reigning MSA British Rally Champions, Keith Cronin and Barry McNulty reignited their championship hunt with a fantastic drive to a dominant...
Cronin Crushes the Opposition with Magnificent Manx Victory
TEG Sport team driver and co-driver and reigning MSA British Rally Champions, Keith Cronin and Barry McNulty reignited their championship hunt with a fantastic drive to a dominant victory on this weekend's Rally Isle of Man, the fourth round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship.
Conscious of the suspension-related dramas that the team had encountered during a test on the island earlier in the year Town End Garage, Cronin and TEIN Suspension had put a lot of effort into making the Subaru Impreza N15 behave over the notoriously tricky Manx lanes, and after some fine tuning during the first loop on Friday Cronin, the current Pirelli Star Driver recipient, never looked back.
Typically unpredictable weather during the event made tyre choice critical and for a long time Cronin traded times with former British Champion Gwyndaf Evans. But when Evans slid off and dropped a lot of time Cronin was able to control the pace, ending the opening day with a 1 minute 38 second advantage which he extended to an eventual winning margin of 1 minute and 44 seconds over Evans and co-driver Gareth Roberts.
Keith Cronin was all smiles at the ceremonial finish in Douglas: "I am very pleased to be back here. The car worked well, in such treacherous conditions you need to have confidence and we were able to push when we needed to. TEIN and TEG Sport have worked wonders to the car!"
Adam Gould and Craig Drew almost made it two TEG cars on the podium when the young paring dragged their Subaru Impreza N11 up to second overall on Friday afternoon before an altercation with a telegraph pole damaged the radiator and ended their rally.
"Yes I am disappointed to be having an early shower, but once we had the car working for us I was so comfortable in her, winning the notoriously tricky Staarvey Stage was definitely a highlight! I have to say a massive thanks to TEG Sport for all their help and can't wait for Ulster!" said Gould.
Alan Cookson and Julian Wilkinson are rapidly attracting a fan club in their very distinctive Friesian-liveried Subaru Impreza N15. The TEG Sport prepared and Wiseman Dairies, Spar, Kick Energy and Speedline Wheels-sponsored Subaru Impreza N15 unfortunately crashed out on an extremely tricky second stage, ending up on its roof. Both Cookson and Wilkinson were unhurt but 'Moorial' will require a visit to the vet to restore her to full health!
TEG Sport Team Principal Stuart Newby was understandably happy with the result: "One small step for TEG Sport, one GIANT leap for TEIN! After the Manx National we went away and scratched our heads a lot. TEIN have been fantastic and we are over the moon with how the car worked this weekend! To see the smile on Keith's face at the end of the first loop was a big relief! Adam once again proved that he is one of Britain's top young drivers and we will do all we can to help him make it to Ulster and Yorkshire!
The team will head across the Irish sea for the fifth round of the championship, the Rally Northern Ireland, which takes place on 20/21 August.