MG'S OF EVANS & JARDINE OVERCAME ADVERSE CONDITONS Overnight rain worsened already treacherous conditions but fortunately it stopped in the early hours and the opening stages of day two were run under bright sunlight. The MG ZR of Gwyndaf...
MG'S OF EVANS & JARDINE OVERCAME ADVERSE CONDITONS
Overnight rain worsened already treacherous conditions but fortunately it stopped in the early hours and the opening stages of day two were run under bright sunlight.
The MG ZR of Gwyndaf Evans and Chris Patterson was to back on form after the previous evening's power steering problem on the final stage, was resolved during the first service of the day. The car was putting in an excellent performance in the Super 1600 Class on special stage 8, Resolfen, until a right front puncture temporarily halted its challenge. Gwyndaf explained: "The MG felt good this morning and we were having a excellent run through Resolfen, which is a very, very long stage -- we were set to put in a great time when unfortunately we had a puncture on a keep right for a bad left hand corner. We thought we'd get away with driving on the flat but the tyre shredded and we had to stop and change it. That was really disappointing."
The service following Resolfen went smoothly. Gwyndaf and Chris left the Service Park to embark on the run of four special stages before the next service stop, with their MG ZR running 6th in the Super 1600 Class.
The remaining Group N car, the MG ZR of Tony Jardine and Maurice Hamilton, was being put through it's paces and standing up well to the challenge. Before setting off for the afternoon run of four special stages Tony said: "Resolfen was like a stage of two halves, the first was very, very slippery, the second, which was kind of in the sunlight, had dried out a bit more and therefore enabled us to get some grip. The same factor dogging us all the time is the damage caused by the holes in the road and the deep ruts. The MG is really taking a hammering -- the Network Q Rally GB is all about survival."