DCC STAGES, INGLISTON 26th April 2003 After the differential failure on our previous event, we were very keen for a trouble-free rally at this years DCC Stages within the Ingliston complex in Edinburgh. As mentioned previously, Our second ...
DCC STAGES, INGLISTON
26th April 2003
After the differential failure on our previous event, we were very keen for a trouble-free rally at this years DCC Stages within the Ingliston complex in Edinburgh.
As mentioned previously, Our second mechanic Sam Little was in the navigator's seat for this event.
The day started with the usual scrutineering and pre-start checks on the car. All was well and we proceeded straight into stage 1 at our start time of 9.13am. As it was Sam's first event, and Ingliston not being the easiest event to navigate, GMC Motorsport's usual navigator Davie Hatrick had spent time with Sam inspecting the route map, and this proved to be beneficial as the notes were delivered both smoothly and confidently.
It was also good to see a new route being used this year and the re-introduction of the yump on the north side of the complex. During my pre-start inspection of this yump I didn't consider this to be a problem or indeed a big jump, however, at 75mph it still wasn't a problem, but it certainly was a jump! As the picture shows, we were 3ft in the air.
The next few stages were all perfect, and on checking our position we were 1st in class by a margin of approx. 1minute, however, a problem was starting to develop with the gearbox. It was becoming increasingly difficult to engage 1st & 2nd gear when coming down through the gears, and these are the two most commonly used gears on the tight and twisting turns of Ingliston. Suspecting syncromech ring failure within the gearbox I had no option to continue and adjust my driving style to suit.
As the day proceeded, selecting gears was becoming increasingly difficult and much time was being lost as a result. By mid afternoon (not supringsly!) Nick Runcie was hot on my tail in his 16valve Corsa after encountering a few problems in the morning. After stage 8, Nick was in front and it was Des Campbell who was now catching in Nova.
We entered the final stage of the day 2nd in class, but now only being able to select 2nd gear occasionally. With Des Campbell catching me quick I was very keen to retain 2nd in class and only a complete transmission failure would stop me from finishing.
After a clean, but difficult run it was a relief to finish the event and fortunately the transmission held out. Our final position was 2nd in class & 12th overall. On closer inspection and analysis of the results, also shows we achieved three top three fastest stage times which is an impressive feat bearing in mind we are in the 1400cc class.
Inspection of the gearbox after the event showed that the wrong syncromesh rings had been supplied during the rebuild (after the recent diff failure). The gearbox is currently undergoing another rebuild and the car should be running again within 1 week.
GMC Motorsport's next event is the Sligo Rally in Ireland on 12th & 13th July where Davie Hatrick will return to the navigators seat for this English & Irish National Championship event. We have competed this event three times before, but not since 1999.
We would like to thank a few people, firstly Sam Little for an excellent performance in the navigators seat, Robbie Smith from A1 Tyres, East Kilbride, for again, supplying us with the required racing tyres, ECG for paying for the gearbox rebuild and Stuart Thomson and Alan Knox for maintaining the car on the day and of course all our sponsors for their continued support.