Gearbox problems hamper impressive run for young guns Nick Kenny and George Gwynn, the youngest pairing in the British Rally Championship, belied their relative lack of experience on tarmac to put in an impressive performance on last weekends...
Gearbox problems hamper impressive run for young guns
Nick Kenny and George Gwynn, the youngest pairing in the British Rally Championship, belied their relative lack of experience on tarmac to put in an impressive performance on last weekends Kelso based Jim Clark Memorial Rally. A very strong result was on the cards until gearbox woes cost the pair time.
Telford base Nick was contesting only his third ever tarmac rally and whilst eager to impress the 19 year old was also conscious of the need to get as many stage miles as possible under his belt. Likewise George, who finished third in the BRC 'stars' co-drivers standings in 2006, was only competing on his second ever international rally.
The event began really well for the pair, who were driving on completely self made pacenotes for the first time. Fifth fastest amongst the BRC runners through the first 'proper' stage of the rally gave an early indication of the pairs pace. Another top 6 time on the very next stage, the 12 mile long Abbey St Bathans showed that their earlier run was no fluke. Conditions became very tricky during the afternoon with dry patches interspersed by all sorts of bizarre weather, including hail at one stage! These conditions made things interesting for the pair and they endured a pair of high speed spins through the afternoon, much to the delight of the spectators.
The strong run for the pair would all be in vain though, as on Stage 8, whilst lying well inside the top 6 in the BRC standings, an input shaft on their Geoff Jones Motorsport run Subaru Impreza let go without warning, robbing the car of all drive to the wheels.
We should really be frustrated by this mechanical failure but both Nick and I are actually really happy with our performance this weekend. We might not have scored any points but we've shown that we have the pace. Nick is such a quick leaner and our times were really good. I think we surprised quite a few people, including ourselves, this weekend with our pace.
The K-Motion supported pair returned under super rally for the Sunday stages and continued their run of top 6 times throughout the day as Nick gained more experience on the black stuff in his Safe Financials Limited backed Group N Impreza ahead of round 3, the tricky and technical Isle of Man International Rally. This takes place towards the end of July, allowing the team time to fully re-prep the car.
After receiving comments on both his hair and the fact he had to borrow a race suit George, who works as a rally car technician for Geoff Jones Motorsport, has decided to auction off his hair. The highest bidder gets to choose how much hair will be cut off the 24 year olds scalp and the proceeds will go towards purchasing a new race suit.
Any one interested in contributing please contact George through his website. For more on the team please visit www.nickkenny.co.uk and www.george-gwynn.co.uk
-credit: geoff mayes