Blundell forced to retire from Tempest Stages Rally. October 28th 2002 -- MG Sport & Racing driver, Mark Blundell, was forced to retire from the Tempest Stages rally this weekend with transmission problems halting his endeavours to gain more...
Blundell forced to retire from Tempest Stages Rally.
October 28th 2002 -- MG Sport & Racing driver, Mark Blundell, was forced to retire from the Tempest Stages rally this weekend with transmission problems halting his endeavours to gain more track experience in preparation for his plans to enter the Network Q Rally of Great Britain next month.
The former F1 driver completed the first six stages of the Tempest Stages National Rally on Saturday afternoon before succumbing to a gearbox problem in the Super 1600 MG ZR. The MG Sport & Racing crew worked hard overnight to overcome the problems and ready the MG ZR for the Tempest Clubmans Rally in order to give Blundell more forest rally experience. Blundell, with co-driver Bob McKenzie, a national newspaper motorsport journalist, completed a further six stages before the MG ZR developed a similar gearbox problem which put Blundell out of the event.
"I'm very disappointed that we didn't manage to complete the event, with the frustration of an outsourced part failure causing us to fall out the rally," said Blundell, "but, on the positive side, we still managed to gain some more track experience. This weekend I was driving the S1600 for the first time, so the car was new to me. It's a great little car, with bundles of power, and it took some getting used to, but I really enjoyed driving it. The Tempest Stages was very challenging for a novice rally driver like me, with the track being very bumpy."
"Even though we didn't manage to complete either events this weekend, I still managed to have a few dramas and get 'on the edge', and on one occasion, 'over the edge' when we ended up in a ditch. Luckily, a group of spectators kindly helped us out of that predicament so that we could continue. I'm hoping that I've made all my rookie mistakes now and can keep it on the road for the big one, the Network Q Rally next month."
Blundell and co-driver McKenzie will be continuing their preparations for the Network Q Rally with intensive testing in South Wales next week prior to entering the Network Q the following week.