You know it was a good weekend when it’s Wednesday and you’re still smiling! Took part in the Midlands Rally at the weekend, and had a fantastic time! The aim on the day was to improve on our pace from the Birr Rally in February, and I wasn’t left disappointed! Once again, the weather wasn’t feeling too generous to most crews, but I think I’ve definitely decided that I much prefer driving in wet conditions, and the results of the weekend proved it! In general I prefer a much tighter stage, but on the three flowing stages on Sunday I found myself settling in to the faster roads much better. We were unfortunate to be blocked on stage one, and fell foul to a nominal stage time, which was unfortunately well off our pace on the first half of the stage. The rest of the loop however we got right back into things, and put in some very good times! As the day went on, we were never to be in luck on stage 1/4/7, catching a car on stage four and then getting caught in traffic again on stage seven, which hampered our times on both occasions.
While we improved our time on stage five, the biggest moment of the day was to come on stage six, and could so easily have ended our charge, when catching some standing water on a fast section of the stage. Despite the car being thrown across the road, we were lucky to get away with the mistake, as it was on a slightly wider section of road and just before it narrowed again!
The last loop being relatively uneventful, we cut a few more seconds off our times on stages 8 & 9. This saw us finish up in 78th overall, and 4th in class on the day. With all the time we lost on stage 1/4/7, it would have been nice to see how much a clear run on it could have pulled us up the leaderboard. Still, despite being out of the class placing’s, definitely both the best result and times we’ve put in with the Civic to date!
Thanks must go to the Midlands Motor Club for putting on some excellent stages, and a fantastic event! With some more good points netted for both the Triton and Midlands Rally Championships, it’s time to think about what rounds to go for next! In the meantime I’ll be competing on the Wexford Hillclimb on April 11th, and hoping to pick up even more pace behind the wheel!
Until next time,
Image from Billy Shealy.