Saturday, 29 December 2012

Rally - Hunter leads after 4

With 4 stages gone, there is a new leader of the Grant Construction Knockhill Stages at a wet and drookit Knockhill Race Circuit today.

Ross Hunter in the 2 litre Peugeot 205 has snatched the lead and this despite snapping a driveshaft on the third test and he had a wee bit of a misfire on that last one which is now being checked out.

Early leader Stuart Walker spun off and dropped over 20 seconds on the fourth test when the Lancer ran out of brakes and the boys are working hard on  that just now.

Lachlan Cowan is upholding FWD honour just 8 seconds behind Hunter, although Lachlan had a wee fright on that last one when the Fiesta started missing, but he was only short of fuel! Even so Stuart Baillie in the Subaru is only 2 seconds behind him.

Walker has dropped to fifth behind the Subaru of Lee Hastings and is now 26 seconds behind Hunter, but with four stages to go and no sign yet of a break in the weather, who knows?

So why is Stephen Lockhart running with number 50 on the door of his Lancer? Easy. His Mum Julie is 50 years young tomorrow - and this is her birthday treat, navigating her wean around Knockill's weather flavoured delights. A box of After Eights might have been cheaper!

Leaders after 4 (of 8) stages:
1, Ross Hunter, 19m 53s
2, Lachlan Cowan, 20m 01s
3, Stuart Baillie, 20m 03s
4, Lee Hastings, 20m 11s
5, Stuart Walker, 20m 14s
6, Ricky Wheeler, 20m 19s
7, Graeme Schoneville, 20m 34s
8, Sean Robson, 20m 35s
9, Des Campbell, 20m 36s
10, Colin Gemmel, 20m 37s

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