GMC-Motorsport Scottish Tarmac Rally at Crail summary

Kingdom Stages, Crail, Fife Last weekend saw the final round of the 2002 Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship reach its exciting conclusion at Crail Airfield in Fife. GMC-MOTORSPORT just had to finish the event to clinch the class win in the ...

Kingdom Stages, Crail, Fife

Last weekend saw the final round of the 2002 Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship reach its exciting conclusion at Crail Airfield in Fife. GMC-MOTORSPORT just had to finish the event to clinch the class win in the championship for the 3rd year running (A HATRICK of class wins may seem an appropriate phrase)

The event was of the usual stage layout we expected from the organisers Glenrothes car club, with fast straights, deceptive bends and tight chicanes. The day started very foggy, fortunately, within the first two stages the fog was beginning to lift but the rain soon appeared.

Knowing how well the GMC-MOTORSPORT Opel Corsa handles in wet conditions we were in our element, as after the first two 5.9 mile stages we were sitting comfortably 2nd in class. The only adjustments we found necessary was too soften the damping of the rear shock absorbers which improved the grip levels on the slippy surface.

Still sitting 2nd in class after stage 4, we continued our swift pace and managed to catch and pass with ease a Ford Escort 2 litre.

The GMC-MOTORSPORT team is normally in close competition with the Willis brothers in their 16 valve Nova; however, on this occasion they appeared to be off the pace at over 1 minute behind our time.

Stages 5 & 6 became more slippery as the rain continued to fall; however, this did not affect our pace, as the car is perfectly set-up for these types of conditions. This pair of stages finished with no problems or no traffic to slow our pace. By this time, the team was sitting first in class in the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship with a cushion of over two and a half minutes to the nearest class one car. Gerry and myself decided to attack these stages a little easier than the previous six, to ensure no errors or mechanical failure would jeopardise our commanding position.

This philosophy once again played in our favour and resulted in the Team taking full honours in class 1 of the Scottish Tarmac Rally Championship.

GMC-MOTORSPORT would like to thank this years sponsors (shown below) for their support in what has undoubtedly, been our most successful year in motorsport. We only started our attack on the Championship after the first four events had passed due to the building & testing of the new car.

Meantime, there is no rest for the GMC MOTORSPORT team. The usual end of season inspection, maintenance and continual upgrade programme has already been planned, and the car will shortly undergo further upgrade works to ensure GMC MOTORSPORTS envied reliability and pace can be continued into next season and beyond.

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