Mixed fortunes for Revolution runners on Bulldog Revolution Wheels backed rally drivers Rob Swann and Max Utting both enjoyed strong runs on last weekends Bulldog International Rally of North Wales ending the rally in tenth and fourteenth ...
Mixed fortunes for Revolution runners on Bulldog
Revolution Wheels backed rally drivers Rob Swann and Max Utting both enjoyed strong runs on last weekends Bulldog International Rally of North Wales ending the rally in tenth and fourteenth positions overall in their respective Subaru Impreza rally cars.
With the Bulldog counting as the opening round of both the Dunlop/ Wonago.com MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship a capacity field of 180 cars began the Welshpool based event and would face some of the finest stages in the United Kingdom throughout the day.
Rob Swann and Darren Garrod spent the morning dusting off cobwebs and re-acclimatising to their Revolution Wheels supported Subaru Impreza N16 after nearly a year since their last gravel rally. Apart from picking up a puncture during the third stage the pair had a trouble free day. It's nice to be back! I always enjoy the Welsh stages and once we had found the groove today went well. We picked up a puncture during Myherin 2 but continued on without changing it and did not loose too much time.
Max Utting and Kate Blake were only contesting their second ever International event and enjoyed a strong and consistent run to fourteenth overall. Utting, renowned for being a fast learner, improved on his stage times over the first loop by nearly thirty seconds per stage! We are very happy with how our day went. We improved a lot on our second pass through the stages but we had a huge moment in stage 5 and decided to back off and focus on a finish after that!
Young Irish talent Alistair Fisher had been second overall in his Revolution Wheels shod Mitsubishi Evo 9 until transmission gremlins halted his strong run on Stage 6 whilst former Historic Champion David Stokes retired his Ford Escort Mk I early on with a damaged radiator.
Warren Mckiernan, Revolution Wheels Director; this weekend showed how unpredictable rallying can be as nearly half the cars failed to finish the rally, so hats off to Rob and Max for bringing their cars home. Alistair once again showed his talent and raw pace and I'm sure it won't be long before it translates into the result that he deserves!
-source: revolution wheels