Mixed fortunes for the Scots (and some of our close friends) down in Wales this weekend. Fingers crossed for Donnie MacDonald and Andrew Falconer who are going exceptionally well and are up to 6th place after 4 stages on the rain-lashed National Rally Wales GB event, 2 minutes behind rally leaders Roger Chilman and Andrew Sankey. Here’s hoping Donnie doesn’t have a rush of blood to the head when he sees the results sheet tonight!
Alistair and Colin Inglis are in 12th place despite the thick fog in the final two stages with John Morrison and Peter Carstairs 18th and carrying two spare wheels in the boot, just to be sure, to be sure! Malloch Nicoll and Bob Lumgair are 29th having fitted new brake pads after the first two stages – and wishing they had left the old ones in!
Carl and Rob Tuer are 39th, Wayne Sisson and David MacFadyen 51st with Barry Groundwater and Neil Shanks way down in 70th place having suffered a burst brake pipe on the first stage and another problem on the third stage of the day.
At the end of the second day of the International, Kris Meeke is holding 8th place and top paced MINI driver after a slight gearbox problem which was fixed at service. Team mate Dani Sordo put his MINI off the road on the fifth stage.
John MacCrone and Stuart Loudon are sticking to a sensible pace with 32nd overall in the Tunnock’s Palletforce Fiesta.
Meanwhile up at the front Sebastien Loeb has confirmed his 8th world rally title following the demise of title rival Mikko Hirvonen who was leading in SS7 when he clipped a tree stump hidden in the wet grass, burst the radiator and sent the engine temperature soaring.