After their early exit from the Jim Clark Reivers Rally, David Bogie and Paul Beaton were over in Ireland at the weekend contesting the Donegal National Rally in the Metro 6R4.
And yet again, the Metro showed its displeasure at being used only once or twice a year. This time the car hiccupped constantly through the early stages. The team changed the fuel rail with little change and so reckoned it must be an electrical fault, possibly with the ECU.
Even so, David was lying in second place after 4 stages and took the lead after 5, only for it all to come to an abrupt end on the sixth when a wheel broke. There was no other damage to the car and David and Paul resumed under SuperRally rules just to try and get to the bottom of the misfire.
Not too far behind the Metro was Calum ‘the Comet’ Duffy who was contesting the Donegal National ahead of this year’s Tunnock’s Tour of Mull with brother Iain. They usually visit the Emerald Isle mid season as a shakedown for the car and crew ahead of the ‘main event’.
Now bear in mind, the Duffy brothers were competing against some red hot Irish competition in very sophisticated MkII Escorts and they were mixing it with the best of them. Calum and Iain were running as high as third over the early stages until a very wet Fanad Head stage when the diff broke.
They managed to replace it, but it wasn’t the right diff which rather hampered their top speed over the remaining stages. Having dropped to 28th place overall they eventually finished a fighting 19th.