MSA GRC: Alan Cookson Woodpecker Rally summary

COOKSON GIVES 'DAISY' A REPRIEVE... Following on the disappointment of retirement in his last two outings, Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson bounced back in style on the penultimate round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship...

COOKSON GIVES 'DAISY' A REPRIEVE...

Following on the disappointment of retirement in his last two outings, Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson bounced back in style on the penultimate round of the 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship by taking third overall on the Ludlow-based Sixty & Worcestershire National Rally which formed part of the Woodpecker Rally.

With a newly rebuilt engine, the Robert Wiseman Dairies, Kick Energy, GillettsSpar.com, Kumho Tyres, Riverside Property Services and Olverelectrical.com supported Subaru Impreza WRC, nicknamed 'Daisy', because of the Friesian cow livery, performed faultlessly.

"The car did everything I asked of her today and I was really pleased with the performance of the whole team, Julian was spot on with the notes and I haven't enjoyed an event like this for a long time. The second run through Haye Park was magic with everything coming together perfectly," said Alan.

He continued: "I know I had said that this was going to be the last event for 'Daisy' but after today I feel that I want to give her one last run on the Trackrod later this month as she has performed so well and I would like to say thank you to my sponsors and give them another good result in Yorkshire."

Apart from an intercom fault on the first stage, which cost the pair a few seconds, they maintained a good pace throughout the day staying in touch with the leaders and Alan added: "There were a lot of local people competing today with a lot of local knowledge and it was good to compare times with them."

The result secured Alan and Julian runners-up spot in Class 8 of the 2009 MSA Pirelli Gravel Championship and elevated them to seventh overall in the main championship standings.

Alan is now looking forward to the final round of The 2009 Pirelli MSA Gravel Rally Championship; the Pickering-based Trackrod Rally Yorkshire on September 26th.

Picture attached of Alan Cookson in action on today's Woodpecker Rally, courtesy of Simon Clarke.

-credit: ac

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