Plenty of promise, but little reward for Revolution duo on Rally Yorkshire Bishop Stortford based Rob Swann was dealt a cruel hand of fate at the weekend when the Revolution Wheels backed Subaru N12 pilot suffered an engine failure whilst...
Plenty of promise, but little reward for Revolution duo on Rally Yorkshire
Bishop Stortford based Rob Swann was dealt a cruel hand of fate at the weekend when the Revolution Wheels backed Subaru N12 pilot suffered an engine failure whilst sitting comfortably inside the top 10 overall on the International Rally of Yorkshire.
Rob's character building rally began on the very first stage when the intercom began to play up meaning that Rob was struggling to hear co-driver Darren Garrod call the ever critical pacenotes. And with top speeds in excess of 180 km/h on this high speed rally this was a hindrance the pair could do without. The intercom progressively got worse over the next two stages, despite their best efforts to sort the problem. But then, by stage 4, Cropton, the pair had managed to repair the system and were back up to full speed. A top 10 time was the result and Rob was now looking forward to the rest of the rally. Our rally begins now he stated at the lunch time service.
However it was more like the beginning of the end. After a short spectator stage immediately after service, the action returned to the forests. Rob's bad day was just about to get worse when, without warning, smoke began billowing from the engine bay whilst flat in 5th gear. A hole had been punched in the engine block and their rally was over.
Gutting. Our preparations for this event were brilliant. We had a good set of notes, the car was set up perfectly and we were bang on the pace. But we only ever had one clean stage all day long. We could have been second in the championship but ce la vie. Wales Rally GB counts for double points so it still is everything to play for.
The bad luck of Rally Yorkshire carried over to the second Revolution Wheels car of Dolgellau resident David Meredith. Co-driven by Carlisle reporter Jemma Bellingham, David had an early exit from the rally when the studs sheared on the front right wheel of his Mitsubishi Evo 9 half way through stage 3. David had no option but to retire from the event there and then, rounding off a bad weekend for the team.
I have no clue what happened but the front right wheel suddenly broke away under braking for a left hand bend. We think that perhaps they had been over torqued but we need to look into the matter carefully before Wales Rally GB.
Both cars will now be re-prepped ahead of the double points scoring grand finale, Wales Rally GB.