`Dale Wins Super S1600 Class' Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 2, Wales 18-19th May '02 RACE REPORT Perfect weather conditions greeted the official Peugeot works team this morning as Dale finished round two of the Pirelli British ...
`Dale Wins Super S1600 Class'
Pirelli British Rally Championship, Round 2, Wales 18-19th May '02 RACE REPORT
Perfect weather conditions greeted the official Peugeot works team this morning as Dale finished round two of the Pirelli British Rally Championship (PBRC) first, after setting fastest times on four out of the six Welsh rally stages. Dale now leads the Super 1600 drivers and is second in the overall Pirelli British Rally Championship with a total of 13 points.
Dale from Hampshire commented; "Sweet Lamb provides for fantastic rallying and out of 88 miles in and around the Sweet Lamb complex we managed to hang onto the coveted top place. It hasn't been all easy; I did the last seven miles of stage eight without fourth, fifth and sixth gears."
A challenging day for new works driver, Irishman Rory Galligan started with only a difference of 22.9 seconds separating him from teammate Dale. Unfortunately on the last stage Galligan punctured his fuel tank on a rock, leaking fuel and forcing him into retirement, robbing Peugeot of the one-two placing prior to this retirement.
Galligan from Old Castle commented; "It looked at one point like we were going to get a 1-2 but due to the problem with my fuel tank, I unfortunately had to retire. It's frustrating but I am putting more miles on the car and getting more and more familiar each time we are out."
The ex works Peugeot 106 Maxi of Martin Sansom suffered problems entering the bowl at the Sweet Lamb Complex. Sansom who was lying third at stage seven today, making up the marques 1-2-3, commented; "It's frustrating, as we were on a charge coming into the spectator stage, when suddenly the gear box went, leaving us with no drive at all." He was lucky to reach even this far, as the ring gears failed on the fly wheel earlier, meaning he couldn't shut off his engine at all for most of the day.
Touring Car ace James Thompson experienced difficulties today after veering into a ditch after cutting a corner, forcing early retirement. Thompson commented; "Today has been a steep learning curve for me but it's all valuable and I can go away and think about the next event in Scotland."
Peugeot lead the manufacturers champion ship with 20 points.
<pre> Championship Results: Name Location Car R.1. R.2. Total Jonny Milner York Toyota Corolla 1 2 16 Justin Dale Long Parish Peugeot 206 XS 3 10 13 Guy Wilks Darlington Ford Puma 6 6 12 Gwyndaf Evans Dolgellau MG ZR X Power 10 0 10
Rory Galligan is in 10th position in his Peugeot 206 XS with 4 points overall.