Monkhouse proves pace in WA. Desite again suffering some unforetold dramas towards the end of the day, South Australian Rally star Jack Monkhouse proved in today's second leg of the Quit Forest Rally in Western Australia that he has more ...
Monkhouse proves pace in WA.
Desite again suffering some unforetold dramas towards the end of the day, South Australian Rally star Jack Monkhouse proved in today's second leg of the Quit Forest Rally in Western Australia that he has more than enough pace to challenge the leading lights in this year's ultra competitive Globalstar Australian Rally Championship.
After a difficult opening leg yesterday, where the team's Cochrane Rallysport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII broke a drive shaft early in the running, Monkhouse and co driver Darren Masters regrouped today intent on putting together a good performance in the108 competitive kilometres -- and nine stages -- that made up the heat two competition.
And that competition started well, Monkhouse 10th on the opening two stages of the heat on the Busselton Super Special last night. But it wasn't until he hit the forest today that Monkhouse's potential really came to the fore -- setting impressively quick and consistent times to lay 7th outright by the opening service of the day.
After the cancellation of SS16 - the re-run over the 15.89km Ellis 2 stage due to poor road conditions -- Monkhouse consolidated his position in the rally as leading privateer by setting eighth fastest time on SS17, Healthway 3.
However, events took a turn for the worse on the following stage, Monkhouse getting airborne over a jump and crunching his Lancer into an embankment. The impact instantly bent a Rear Control Arm, giving the car heavy toe out in the rear and somewhat slowing their charge. Forced to press on in order to loose as little time as possible, the pair suffered a puncture after cutting a corner during the stage.
The following stage was worse, after the rear control arm decided to break totally, instantly severing the rear brake line and pulling the drive shaft out as well. Forced to limp out of the stage at 50 kph, more than five minutes were lost in combined stage and transport penalties.
"It was just one of those things," explained a laconic Monkhouse after the event. "But today we were able to prove that we have more than enough pace to be able to challenge as leading privateer which is really what we came to do."
Monkhouse said that today's show of pace was a boost in confidence after the difficult start to the rally.
"Im happy to admit that we were a bit down on confidence after yesterday's events," he said. "But the pace we showed today I think has given us a good boost that we really needed. After the stage times we set today I think we can be very, very confident heading into the next round of the championship.
"Between now and then we will play with the car a bit to find some more speed," Monkhouse said. "At the moment we are about a second a kilometre off the leaders. At Queensland I think we can cut that gap to half a second, if not less. The added confidence I have in the car after this event will mean I can push harder as well."
Jack Monkhouse is proudly supported by Peter Cochrane Transport, Ray's Outdoors and Autosport Adelaide. For more information about Jack or the team, click to www.jackmonkhouse.com
<pre> Results -- Leg 2 Quit Forest Rally, Western Australia 1. Cody Crocker Subaru 2. Simon Evans Toyota 3. Dean Herridge Subaru 4. Juha Kangas Subaru 5. Neal Bates Toyota 8. Scott Pedder Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer Evolution VIII
17. Jack Monkhouse Cochrane Rallysport Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII