WOFFINDEN'S LONELY WIN The Fiat Rally Cup Pirelli International Rally May 20/21 2005 Shaun Woffinden and Inbal Edry's Fiat Rally Cup victory on the Pirelli International Rally this weekend was an extremely lonely affair. The one-make ...
WOFFINDEN'S LONELY WIN
The Fiat Rally Cup
Pirelli International Rally May 20/21 2005
Shaun Woffinden and Inbal Edry's Fiat Rally Cup victory on the Pirelli International Rally this weekend was an extremely lonely affair. The one-make championship suffered two casualties before the start with 2004 champion Tom Metcalfe pronounced unfit to start with a mystery illness and Alessandro Bordignon failing to place an entry in time for the Carlisle based event.
With Leon Pesticcio and regular co-driver Tim Sturla as his remaining competition, Woffinden finished the first spectator stage knowing that he would have to push hard. He needn't have worried though as Leon explained at the service area later in the day, "We were both ready to go for it, the car had tested well the week before and we'd bedded-in new brakes on the way to the stage. After a good recce, the countdown began: 3,2,1 BANG! As I let my foot off the clutch, there was a huge bang as we went nowhere. On further investigation the gearbox has let go in spectacular fashion with a hand-sized hole in the side of the casing.....game over."
Woffinden was also disappointed, "All we have to do is potter round for a finish and we pick up maximum points." He explained, "But we'll have a fight on in the Formula 2000 category against the Robbie Dale in the Clio."
At the end of two days of rallying on amongst the fastest and most demanding of UK stages, the result of the Stilo Rally Cup was as predicted, Woffinden did pick up his maximum points haul but was pipped to the F2000 win by Dale. At the finish Woffinden commented, "It's a shame about Stilo entries, we took the F2000 category in 2004 in this car so it has the potential but we need some more out on events."
The Fiat Rally Cup is scheduled to continue on the RSAC Scottish International Rally on June 10/11 and Championship co-ordinator Gary Pesticcio shrugged, "I can't believe that the only series within the British rally Championship offering prize money is not better supported." and added, "We put a lot of effort into the series in 2004 and hoped we could build on the success. Second hand cars are still available for sale so we'll keep pushing for more entries and see how it goes."