Tuesday 16 April 2013

Rally - Loudon in Portugal

There were no Blog updates over the weekend. That was down to a reported worldwide attack on sites using Wordpress software. Apparently a number of internet vandals with little better to do had insitituted some form of mass attack on such sites. They didn't appear to have any particular target in mind just hellbent on causing disruption and despair - because they can.

Anyway, Robert Barrable and Stuart Loudon did well on the fourth round of the World Rally Championship when they finished 11th overall on Rally Portugal. It's a pity we don't have any young Scottish drivers in the world series these days, but at least Irishman Robert Barrable's co-driver, Stuart Loudon, is keeping up the tradition for excellence in British co-driving and following in the wheel tracks of fellow-Scot and former World Champion Co-driver, Robert Reid.

The Ford Fiesta pair did very well finishing second in class behind the Skoda of Finland's Esapekki Lappi, while a certain Robert Kubica was 19th, Elfyn Evans was 23rd, Alistair Fisher 28th and Keith Cronin 31st.

This was Stuart's first podium finish on a WRC event, and afterwards, said: "There was no way we could catch Esapekka Lappi who has been fastest on every stage on this event but we weren’t giving up our second without a fight.  We ran wide on a corner and had a big impact on my side against a bank.  It was a hard enough impact that I thought I’d been hit by Mike Tyson. It pushed a tyre off the rim and we drove for 4 kilometres with the puncture when we had to stop to change it. In total we lost nearly 5 minutes.”

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