Dale Leads S1600 Class on home rally as Galligan is forced to retire. Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 8, The Michelin South of England Tempest Stages Aldershot, Hants - Saturday 26th October '02 - LEG 1 The Michelin Tempest Stages ...
Dale Leads S1600 Class on home rally as Galligan is forced to retire.
Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 8, The Michelin South of England
Aldershot, Hants - Saturday 26th October '02 - LEG 1
The Michelin Tempest Stages Rally began today at lunchtime in central Aldershot, Hants for the final round of the 2002 British Rally Championship. Peugeot Super 1600 official works driver, Justin Dale from local town Chilbolton, holds overnight lead in the Super 1600 category (and 12th place overall) on his final British Rally Championship outing for Peugeot, 1 minute 21 seconds in front of nearest S1600 rival Ryan Champion.
The Tempest Stages marks the end of an era for Dale who has competed with Peugeot Sport for some 11 years and who leaves at the end of the season to contest the World Rally Championship.
Peugeot team-mate Rory Galligan led the Super 1600 category on the opening stage but Dale quickly snatched it back on Stage 2 leaving less than a second splitting the pair. Dale continued to dominate the category taking fastest on the 4 remaining stages. Galligan however was just under 4 seconds behind Dale at the end of Stage 5 when entering Stage 6, disaster struck. Galligan commented; "The oil light started flashing and by the middle of the stage the car cut-out with oil pressure problems. It's frustrating as my times were pretty good!"
Galligan, who graduated to official works driver with Peugeot Sport at the beginning of the 2002 season, said; "It's really disappointing but whilst I am gutted I hope that I will be driving with the team again next year. I have had a year of mixed fortunes but it's been a very enjoyable one with Peugeot Sport and I would like to thank Mick Linford and the team for all their hard work."
Dale said of the rally today; "The first run through the stages was very slippy as we were sweeping the road of gravel but with the double usage the second time through we were getting the dry line that we needed. However, I am finding it difficult to commit to someone else's notes and we can't just go flat out." However several pheasants weren't fast enough to get out of the way of the flying Peugeot and several dents have resulted.
Day two of the Tempest Stages begins tomorrow morning from Parc Ferme at 7.30am with a service, then onto Ash Ranges for a further 10 stages.