Richard Sykes - Forest of Dean summary

Richard Syke-d up after Forest of Dean blast. Stourbridge rally ace Richard Sykes was on top form at this weekends Wyedean Rally, held in the tranquil surroundings of the Forest of Dean. Sykes was denied a clear and convincing class win after a...

Richard Syke-d up after Forest of Dean blast.

Stourbridge rally ace Richard Sykes was on top form at this weekends Wyedean Rally, held in the tranquil surroundings of the Forest of Dean. Sykes was denied a clear and convincing class win after a timing technicality at the mid point of the rally. Despite the set back, he kept his Peugeot 206 on the road to claim third in class A6.

The Trade Paints Services driver was using the event as a shakedown ahead of the forthcoming Sunseeker Rally, the final round of the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup. Sykes shares the lead of the series with Welsh driver Leon Pesticcio, and its winner takes all on the Bournemouth event.

Partnered by Sheffield co-driver Simon Coates, Sykes was immediately into his stride on the Chepstow based rally, opening up a clear lead in the category for up to 1600cc cars in the MBA Racing and Racing Services tendered machine. Unfortunately for the crew, a timing error meant that they entered a control two minutes before their allotted time, and were subsequently penalised with a two minute penalty.

Without the penalty, Sykes would have taken a 35 second class victory in A6. Although bitterly disappointed not to have taken the class win, the popular Midlander was nevertheless happy with the day of testing:

"We had a major moment on the second stage of the rally when the car took off over a crest and landed nose first in a compression on the other side. Fortunately we got away with that as all I could see was gravel and nothing else for a second! We damaged the sump guard slightly but apart from scuffing the bumper, the car was ok. The rest of the day was very good, and although I do not like rallying on maps as opposed to pace notes, I was very pleased with the car and I felt I drove well as the times reflect.

The car had a slight problem with third gear for the final stage, so the gearbox will be stripped and inspected ahead of Sunseeker. I'm also spending a day with David Higgins on the Monday prior to the event just for a bit of fine tuning ahead of Bournemouth. It should be a close run thing with Leon but I'm going there with only one thought in my mind - winning the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup. I still have not won a round of the Peugeot one make championships yet so I'm hopefully that this time its my turn to spray the champagne!"

The Sunseeker Rally is based in Bournemouth and is one of the most popular rallies on the British calendar. The event takes place on Saturday 22nd February, and more information can be found at www.rallyesunseeker.co.uk.

-jemsport-

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