Andrew Haddon, Team Rallispec Sweet Lamb rally report

Haddon all set for Evolution Challenge. Andrew Haddon finished this weekends Advanced Windows Winter Stages at Sweet Lamb in an impressive 5th place overall, leading home the Group N runners in his Kumho Tyres backed Mitsubishi Lancer EVO...

Haddon all set for Evolution Challenge.

Andrew Haddon finished this weekends Advanced Windows Winter Stages at Sweet Lamb in an impressive 5th place overall, leading home the Group N runners in his Kumho Tyres backed Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 6.

The action took place in the forest of Hafren and the dedicated Sweet Lamb rally complex on a surprisingly dry and sunny Saturday 16th February. The team set 5 top-five stage times throughout the day including two second-places. At the mid point the crew lost a vital 20s in an excursion from the stage dropping them to 8th place. Haddon put in a superb drive on the final four stages to pull back within 10 seconds of 4th place.

"This was the first time at the complex for me and my co-driver Mark Andrews. We turned slightly too early at a junction and managed to find an alternative route!" mused Haddon. " We took no chances and retraced our steps back on to the stage. I'm pleased that by the end of the day we were on the pace of a lot of people who know this venue very well. I'm champing at the bit now to have a real good go on the Sunseeker next weekend."

In 2002 the Rallispec team will contest the full eight round Kumho Tyres National Rally Championship and will compete for honours in the Production Cup and the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge. The season gets underway on February 23rd in Bournemouth when the team will start at number 23 on the Rallye Sunseeker.

Haddon is aiming for a top 3 finish in group N on next weekend's event. "I ran course car in my ex- Ari Vatanen Group 4 escort last year. I'm still learning on gravel but I know the tarmac stages well and hope to even the balance there. We'll be trying hard since this round may be our best chance of a top finish."

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Series Other rally
Drivers Ari Vatanen , Andrew Haddon