Steve Coles Dukeries Rally report

Steve Coles (Urmston) and co-driver Andy Wilson (Cardiff) get their BTRDA Formula 1400 championship back on track this weekend on the Dukeries Rally, based near Mansfield, UK. The SC+M Rallying crew, armed with their Group N+ Peugeot 106 ...

Steve Coles (Urmston) and co-driver Andy Wilson (Cardiff) get their BTRDA Formula 1400 championship back on track this weekend on the Dukeries Rally, based near Mansfield, UK.

The SC+M Rallying crew, armed with their Group N+ Peugeot 106 Rallye, will be looking to improve on their encouraging start to the series on February's Wyedean Rally, where they finished a creditable 20th overall.

With a recent outing on the Leyland Single Venue rally behind them, the duo are hopeful that new improvements to the specification of the car can produce a better result for the event in Robin Hood country:

"We're still on a learning curve at the moment. Essentially, our car runs in standard trim, but has a Group A gearbox and transmission. As a result, we spent the last two rallies getting used to the car, as its a totally different driving style required for it now. There's a few crews who beat us last time that we feel we can get ahead of this weekend. I'll certainly be looking to finish inside the top 20 on the event." commented the BUPA Healthcare consultant.

Despite not receiving a penny in sponsorship so far this year, the crew have continued to refine their car on a strict budget, and as Coles explains, the Dukeries stages offer an excellent platform on which to continue their learning curve:

"The stages are fairly easy to cope with, as they tend to have long straights and 90 degree corners at the end. However, the roads tend to be quite wide, with a distant tree line. As most people will tell you, the stages can be very rough in places, so running at the front of the field is going to help us. The dual usage of stages might mean that the afternoon will be very rough, but its the same for everybody so we'll just go as fast as we dare."

-JE

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