Horsey happy with pace in Portugal Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey was all smiles at the end of leg one of WRC Rally Portugal after having completed his first full day of a World Rally Championship event and ends the opening leg fourth amongst...
Horsey happy with pace in Portugal
Kenyan rally driver Peter Horsey was all smiles at the end of leg one of WRC Rally Portugal after having completed his first full day of a World Rally Championship event and ends the opening leg fourth amongst the Pirelli Star Drivers!
Horsey, who won the African section of the Pirelli initiative, struggled with a seating position on the opening loop of stages, an issue created by the fact that the car, a Ralliart Italy Mitsubishi Evo X, is a brand new car, built after Horsey's previous car was destroyed in a fire on the opening day of WRC Turkey five weeks ago. Horsey, along with co-driver Moses Matovu, have had no opportunity to test the car and spent Friday fine tuning the Evolution 10 rally car.
After making a few basic changes during the mid day service Horsey was pleased with the increase in pace during the second run through the very fast and extremely technical stages but did comment on how the road conditions had deteriorated; it is great to drive back into service at the end of my first full day of rallying in the WRC! The stages were definitely a lot rougher on the second run, as they were cut up and a lot of rocks were now exposed. However we did manage to avoid punctures and, more importantly, have now completed a full day of very valuable mileage in the car!
Horsey and Matovu face two more long and challenging days as the event, based in Faro, still has a further 11 difficult stages for the crews to tackle. The second full day of the rally, Saturday 29 May, consists of six stages totalling 135 kilometres and begins at 09:30am local time.