Gamble makes it two in a row. Fresh from winning the VK1400 category on the recent RBS Manx International Rally, Wolverhampton rally driver Mark Gamble and Stourport based co-driver Steve Link dominated the 'stars' category on last weekends Jim...
Gamble makes it two in a row.
Fresh from winning the VK1400 category on the recent RBS Manx International Rally, Wolverhampton rally driver Mark Gamble and Stourport based co-driver Steve Link dominated the 'stars' category on last weekends Jim Clark Memorial Rally.
Mark and Steve, competing in the same Jam Motorsport run Towergate Insurance backed Citroen C2, headed to Kelso in a confident mood. With the rally being run earlier in the year than normal, sporadic downpours made the conditions tricky, a situation that the Midlands Steel Section supported youngsters revel in.
A cautious start to the event saw Mark go second fastest through the opening stages, giving best to his team mate, Richard Sykes. Mark was not worried, aware that his Citroen was geared differently, robbing him of a high top speed on the long straights. However, once the stages turned twisty the nimble C2 was in its element and when Sykes ran into trouble of his own the pair were waiting to pounce. Apart from a spin in the penultimate stage Mark and Steve had a faultless run, taking the overall win by quite some margin.
Last year I finished second in the stars, so to win it this year is great. The car went really well and to be fair we ran our own rally. The conditions well really tricky and it was interesting at times as it was impossible to have the right tyres for a full loop of stages.
This result has placed the pair in an enviable position as Mark and Steve now lead both the VK 1400 and the British Rally 'stars' Championships. The pair will head back to gravel this coming weekend as they contest round 3 of the VK 1400 championship; the Mid Wales based Severn Valley Rally.