Beebe hoping to duplicate 2006 result Reigning R3 British Rally Champion Matt Beebe, who hails from Nuneaton, will resort to his tried and trusted MG ZR for the forthcoming Jim Clark Rally, the scene of his first class win of 2006. Matt...
Beebe hoping to duplicate 2006 result
Reigning R3 British Rally Champion Matt Beebe, who hails from Nuneaton, will resort to his tried and trusted MG ZR for the forthcoming Jim Clark Rally, the scene of his first class win of 2006.
Matt secured the use of a brand new Citroen C2R2 for the Pirelli International Rally in March, albeit only having the identity of which car he would be using confirmed 4 hours before the start of the event!
Despite an event full of adventure and mishap the reigning R3 champion was able to adapt to the new car quickly and ended the rally fifth in class. This result was all the more impressive considering the double MG ZR champion had never driven the car before the rally and had to endure not one but two broken exhausts during the event! The first exhaust breakage caused Matt to not hear his co-driver calling a vital note and the pair experienced a high speed off road excursion through Kielder forest!
Minimal damage was sustained and he began leg 2 with more confidence, before the second exhaust breakage caused the pair to super rally.
However the team have taken the decision to revert back to the tried and trusted MG ZR for the duration of the season.
The C2R2 is a great little car and I can see so much potential with it, but unfortunately that will not be the case for me this year. We had a business deal with TMS, who ran the championship, and they have since fallen into difficulties. So we will be dusting off the old MG and hopefully doing a bit of giant killing!
Obviously now that we know where we stand we can do some tarmac testing before the Jim Clark, where I won my class last year.
The MG is being prepared and will be run on the event with assistance from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. Despite its age the car should still be competitive and is well worth watching on the Jim Clark Rally.
The 2007 Jim Clark Rally begins with 2 short spectator stages on Friday night, followed by two long and intense days of rallying along closed public rounds around the home of Jim Clark, in South Scotland. The ceremonial finish is on Sunday afternoon, back in Kelso.
-credit: geoff mayes