Tyresome troubles on Trackrod for Petch Junior The SG Petch Motorsport team endured a very mixed day out as their 3 drivers experienced a variety of success ranging from a very frustrating retirement for Stephen Petch Junior, through to a last...
Tyresome troubles on Trackrod for Petch Junior
The SG Petch Motorsport team endured a very mixed day out as their 3 drivers experienced a variety of success ranging from a very frustrating retirement for Stephen Petch Junior, through to a last stage mechanical gremlins for team mate Rob Gill and a breathtaking last corner victory for team principal Steve Petch Senior, who was out contesting the National rally.
After retiring due to an engine fire on the opening stage in 2005 Stephen Petch Junior was hoping for a better run on this weekends penultimate round of the 2006 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, the International Rally of Yorkshire. And 8th fastest through the opening stage, just over 2 seconds off double British Champion Jonny Milner gave the Mitsubishi pilot high hopes as the rally headed off to Cropton Forest for the second stage. Having won his last 2 outings in these forests Stephen was highly confident of a good run in his Scalextric, AVit tools and Virgin Money back Evo IX. However a puncture 3 miles into the stage rapid destroyed both the front tyre and the oil cooler, bringing Petch Junior and co-driver Michael Wilkinson to a halt. Despite being able to repair the damaged intercooler the pair were forced into retirement as they were not carry any spare oil in the car.
I am so sick of this. Lady luck has totally abandoned us. The team has worked so hard preparing the car and it was handling beautifully. and now this! I don't even know what caused the puncture, because we didn't hit anything. exclaimed a very frustrated Stephen Petch Junior.
Stephens' team mate Rob Gill had a fairly good rally and the Sun Newspaper contributor was in line for a top 20 finish when mechanical maladies struck his Subaru Impreza on the final stage of the entire event ending a very frustrating day for the SG Petch Motorsport team.
By total contrast team principal Steve Petch Senior, now officially retired, was out competing in the shorter National Rally in one of the team Hyundai World Rally Cars. After a fierce battle with top BTRDA contender John Bannister Steve eventually pressured the youngster into a small mistake, and a last corner spin for Bannister was enough for Petch to take the win.
Both Petch Junior and Senior will now prepare for the forthcoming Bulldog Rally, the final round of the 2006 ANCRO Rally Championship, where they will go head to head in Group N 'showroom special' production cars in the North Wales forests.
For more on SG Petch Motorsport please visit www.sgpmotorsport.co.uk
-credit: geoff mayes