Ling fights to the very end on Rally Yorkshire Newcastle Emlyn resident Sebastian Ling staged a spirited fight back up the leader board on last weekends International Rally of Yorkshire. After suffering both a broken driveshaft and a puncture ...
Ling fights to the very end on Rally Yorkshire
Newcastle Emlyn resident Sebastian Ling staged a spirited fight back up the leader board on last weekends International Rally of Yorkshire. After suffering both a broken driveshaft and a puncture during the morning stages Sebastian was forced to fight back from a lowly 18th overall to eventually return to Pickering fifth in the Mitsubishi Evo Challenge.
Sebastian, co-driven by fellow Welshman Aled Rees in the Phillip Ling and R & D backed Mitsubishi Evo 9, headed to Yorkshire anticipating a strong battle, not only with the Mitsubishi Evo Challenge regulars, but also the top rally drivers in the British Rally Championship. A relatively cautious start saw the SW Motorsport built Kumho shod Mitsubishi post the third fastest time amongst the Evo Challenge contestants through the opening 14 mile stage. Stage 2 was going well until a front driveshaft broke less than half way through the stage. With two more stages to limp through before service it was all about damage limitation for the Pro Dent supported duo. However their bad luck was further compounded by a puncture in stage 4.
A hasty re-prep of the car at the mid day service saw the pair return to battle with a fully functioning car in the afternoon. Sebastian's fight back was nothing short of sensational. As well as topping the Evo Challenge times throughout the afternoon the young rallying ace was also mixing it with the British Rally Championship contenders as he clawed his way back up the leader board.
I could not believe my bad luck when that driveshaft broke in the second stage. As my times in the afternoon showed, when we get a clean run we are bang on the pace, but Lady Luck really has not been kind to us this year. We now have to focus on the Bulldog Rally. It's the last round of the championship and we'd like to finish the year on a positive note.
The team now has two weeks to re prepare the car before the Oswestry based Bulldog Rally, the final round of the 2007 Mitsubishi Evo Challenge.