ITRC: Hyundai S G Petch Team Manx summary

9th -- 10th May, Manx National Rally The S G Petch team completed their first tarmac rally of the year in the unique Isle of Man. Event: Manx National Rally Country: United Kingdom Driver: Steve Petch / John ...

9th -- 10th May, Manx National Rally

The S G Petch team completed their first tarmac rally of the year in the unique Isle of Man.

Event:          Manx National Rally

Country: United Kingdom
Driver: Steve Petch / John Richardson
Result: 6th Overall

The third round of the Kumho National Rally series saw the teams head off for their annual visit to the Isle of Man. The event started with the nine stages on Friday evening mostly run in the dark to provide an extra test for the crews tackling the narrow and unforgiving lanes that make up this 180km event. With the Accent WRC2 converted to tarmac specification by the MSD technicians Steve eased himself into his first tarmac rally for 12 months to stay inside the top ten at the end of the first leg. With a 0100 hrs finish and a 0600 hrs restart on the Saturday morning the crews needed all of their concentration to attack the early morning stages and Steve responded with a string of top five times. By the penultimate stage the Hyundai team had climbed to fourth overall but an unfortunate spin on the last stage cost around 25 secs and two places in the final order.

Overall a very strong and reliable result against several tarmac specialist drivers allowed Steve to leave the island with a healthy rake of points in the championship battle.

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