Young Peter Taylor is getting quite handy these days since he got the Renault Clio R3. He was on course for his second outright rally victory (he won at Crail a couple of months back) earlier today at the Pirtek Lindisfarne Rally when he punctured with two stages to go.
Lying second at the time were the Cook brothers, Richard and Edwin, and they took the victory from a disappointed Taylor and Andrew Roughead. Michael Glendinning had been leading after four stages but put a Subaru wheel on the wet grass and he was gone.
Jim Sharp and Craig Wallace were fourth in the Subaru with Des Campbell and Alex Orr 12th in the Peugeot 206. And in his first season of rallying young Matthew Kesson did exceptionally well to get 15th in his Nova.
Gareth White was as high as fourth overall at one point till a wheel fell off the Citroen and Ian Watson found that a MkII with an embarassment of power at the rear wheels is quite a handful in the wet. He must have cut half an acre of grass when he slid off!
There were no rally reports during the day, as there are no mobile phone masts in the middle of the Ranges, plus it was just too wet to tinker with the electronics. It was that wet even the sheep were shrinking.