Horsey hampered on home rally 27 year old Peter Horsey lost out on a sensational podium position on his home rally when the Mombasa born rally driver lost time with both a broken suspension strut and a puncture! Peter redeemed himself by ...
Horsey hampered on home rally
27 year old Peter Horsey lost out on a sensational podium position on his home rally when the Mombasa born rally driver lost time with both a broken suspension strut and a puncture! Peter redeemed himself by taking a pair of stage wins on his way to fifth overall in his Civicon backed Mitsubishi Evo 9.
Peter, co-driven by Ugandan based Dez Page-Morris, had high hopes entering this rally. A rough section on the longest stage of the rally, a 59 kilometre test, saw Peter damage a front suspension component, costing him over a minute to his rivals. Despite this, as the rally reached the half way point Peter, the current African representative in the Pirelli Star Driver scheme, was pleased to be placed third overall.
The penultimate section of the rally was a repeat of the 59 kilometre stage but when Peter picked up a puncture half way through this difficult test he had no option but to stop and change wheels. This time loss dropped him back to fifth overall, and even a fastest stage time on the final test could not make up such a huge time loss.
Once again a puncture ruined my rally but we were not alone amongst the front runners to have tyre issues. The route was very technical and over half the field retired with various problems, so just to finish was an achievement. I'm pleased with how my notes worked and it was great to get some top times on my home event!
Peter will next compete on the final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB. The Cardiff based event takes place in mid November and will be the sixth and final round of Peter's 2010 World Rally Championship program.