Just spoken to Quintin Milne who left the pre-Snowman Rally test session early this morning and he's looking a bit happier. The cause of the Lancer's overheating was the electric fans weren't working. They have now been fixed - wired directly through the ignition!
"That means they'll be running all day tomorrow," said Quintin, "but after the engine problems I had last year I don;t want to risk them intermittently shutting off tomorrow!"
As winner of the final round of the Scottish Rally Chgampionship last year, expectations are high for the flamboyant Milne tomorrow.
Brian Watson was another early departee from the test this morning: "I thought we had a diff problem so we've had it checked out and it seems OK, so the test was worthwhile." Brian will also be using his 5 spd Drenth sequential gearshift for the first time in anger tomorrow. "I had a sequential shift last year but this is different. All the workings are inside the box, there is no external linkage apart from the gearlever. It's a treat to use. I tried it at the Moy Sprint last month and then again this morning. It's quicker, more positive and more accurate, so we'll see tomorrow. You know me, I like my toys!"
Doubts surround the appearance of Euan Thorburn tomorrow. His Focus WRC had a problem on last weekend's English season opener, the Wyedean Rally, and he's not answering his phone. Fingers crossed.