Warrington driver Daniel Dunbabin enjoyed a trouble free run on the Rapid Fit Rally of Wirral, as he and twin brother Clive scored an impressive 9th place in the Peugeot Super 106 Cup category after 10 stages totalling 40 rally miles. As the...
Warrington driver Daniel Dunbabin enjoyed a trouble free run on the Rapid Fit Rally of Wirral, as he and twin brother Clive scored an impressive 9th place in the Peugeot Super 106 Cup category after 10 stages totalling 40 rally miles.
As the rally was the first round of the Peugeot Super 106 Cup for 2001, more than 30 identical 106's lined up for the competition on the day. Dunbabin, BTRDA runner up in 2000, received a lowly seed of number 61 as the organisers gave preference to those Peugeot drivers who contested the series the year before.
The seeding proved to be crucial on the day, as despite Danny pushing hard on the afternoon stages, his low seeding meant that slower cars were getting in his way during his second lap of the street stages.
"We caught a Ford KA a couple of times and he wouldn't move over. As a result, we lost a few vital seconds because of this. Our times were ok during the day, and we are pleased to have some points in the bag now. Times were so close though, we were only 0.4 seconds behind the guy in 8th, and the guy in 7th was only 4 seconds in front of him".
On the stages where he wasn't held up by slower cars, Danny's times were on par with those set by the leading Peugeot Super 106 crews, even though the top series contenders have all been driving their car's for over a year now.
The next round of the championship sees the Peugeot contingent heading over the channel to contest the Rallye Charlemagne in northern France. With the first stage of the event likely to be over 17 miles on twisting French tarmac, Danny is looking forward to the challenge;
"Obviously the tarmac rallies will favour the Irish drivers who are raised on winding tarmac roads. However, the long stages will suit us as we can get into a rhythm whilst going as fast as we can. Its very important that we get a good points finish for this event, as I'm confident that we can go really well when the forest and gravel rallies begin."