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Rally of Great Britain: Transmission problems sidelines Blundell

Blundell forced out of Network Q Rally of Great Britain. November 16th 2002.../MG Sport & Racing driver, Mark Blundell, was forced to retire on Stage 5 of the Network Q Rally yesterday, after suffering transmission problems. It was a big ...

Blundell forced out of Network Q Rally of Great Britain.

November 16th 2002.../MG Sport & Racing driver, Mark Blundell, was forced to retire on Stage 5 of the Network Q Rally yesterday, after suffering transmission problems. It was a big disappointment for the former F1 driver, who had been improving his performance on each stage of the event.

Blundell explained, "We were going really well and I was gaining in confidence on each stage, so it was a big blow to have to retire from the event. Bob, my co-driver, and I had really got in sync and we were steadily improving our times. The conditions weren't too bad, we didn't have too many hairy moments and my great little MG ZR was full of potential, so it's a great shame we didn't get further into the Rally."

"I've definitely got the Rally bug now. It's been a completely new experience for me, but it's a challenge that I've relished. I hope that I can get back out in the MG ZR again, as there's now unfinished business in rallying for me. MG Sport & Racing gave me a fantastic opportunity in competing in this prestigious event -- I hope I'll be back next year!"

Blundell had limited experience of rallying prior to entering the Network Q Rally of Great Britain, having only competed in two national rally events -- the Bulldog Rally and Tempest Stages over the last couple of months, undertaken intensive training with Gwyndaf Evans (one day) and completed a brief shakedown of the MG ZR Super1600.

-mb/mgrg-

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Series WRC
Drivers Mark Blundell , Gwyndaf Evans