Not a great weekend for two thirds of the BMC crews out on the stages at the weekend but a good day at the office for Malcolm Rich and Arwel Blainey who kept their championship hopes alive with a first in class and second in Category One on the Carlisle Stages. The Kielder straights don't suit the Anglia but the pair were in striking distance of the category leaders Porsche at all times ready to strike if he suffered a puncture or other problem. It was not to be but the result was a fair one in the circumstances and now they look forward to the Red Kite Stages in two weeks time where the more technical stages should suit them.
Mike Simpson had a weekend to forget, he doesn't seem to have any luck with Ryland James in the car and so it was again, sliding off into a ditch on the final Friday evening stage. The car was repaired overnight but gear selection problems on the run out to the first stage on Saturday morning finally cooked their goose. Hopefully everything can be rectified for the Red Kite.
Elsewhere Jason Pritchard was celebrating his birthday with a run in the S2000 Fiesta on the Rally van Wervik in Belgium. The car looks and sounds great but it doesn't really have the grunt to challenge the R5 and WRC cars. Subsequently he and Phil Clarke struggled for pace but were still in a good points scoring position until they lost drive and headed for the bar. A great shame but with other retirements as well it will be interesting to see how the points table is looking.
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