Graham and Tomas Scallan continued their impressive 2015 form with 8th overall and another class win at last weekend’s Circuit of Munster Rally.
The Circuit of Munster was round 4 of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and having won the class on the previous two rounds of the series, the team were leading the class championship and confident of another strong showing.
There was early drama as they headed to stage one with unexpected heavy rain showers arriving. Running uncut Kumho tyres on their Group R Mitsubishi Evo X, the crew expected to struggle but were pleasantly surprised with the grip levels. They were even more surprised when the times came out as they were not only quickest in class, but an incredible 8th overall ahead of some WRC cars and just 5 seconds slower than the second quickest time.
Clean runs through the following two stages which completed the loop ensured that the brothers maintained their impressive 8th overall and class lead as they returned to service. In service the Kumhos were changed for Michelins as they had previously planned and they headed back for the second loop..
Despite having to get used to their new rubber, the Scallans kept the class lead and they became embroiled in a battle with Group N leader Aidan Wray and Forestry champion Pat O’Connell.
With Graham happy with the new Michelins, the team made a decision on the final loop to use their heads and think of the championship points. Despite this, they retained their 8th position overall, beating Wray by just 1.5 seconds and taking the all important class win once again.
Graham Scallan: “We are delighted to finish in the top 10 of a National Rally event as they are so competitive and strong this year. We are really getting to grips with the car and enjoying it more everyday out. We are very happy with the new Michelins too and think we can push harder on them next time out. Thanks to everyone who made this weekend happen.”
The next round for Scallan Motorsport is the Ravens Rock Rally in 4 weeks where they will be pushing to continue their domination of Group R and get one step closer to becoming National Champions.
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