Saturday 15 November 2014

Rally - Day 2 underway

Ieuan Rowlands dropped nearly a minute this morning to the top Scots on the second stage of the day on National Wales GB, but Tristan Bailey is going well so our lot will need to watch out.

Mike Faulkner still leads by 1m 6s from Barry Groundwater with Andrew Gallacher third, just 4 seconds behind Barry's total, but Andrew's time looks a bit slow through the second Glocaenog compared to the others. Calum MacLeod had a wee scare when he fired up the MG this morning and the power steering pump started squealing. That prompted a quick change before the car was sent on its way and he continues just outside the top ten pace.

Up at the other end of the field in the International event, half a second separates Ostberg from Meeke after the third stage of the day. The fourth stage in Dyfnant was stopped this morning after Seb Ogier went through when an ambulance had to be sent in to a Marshal who had taken ill.

That means Ogier still leads Wales Rally GB by over a minute from Hirvonen with Ostberg less than 4 secs behind. That also means fourth placed Meeke is on the case too, with just 4 seconds covering those three in the battle for the runner-up position.

Latvala spun and stalled on the first stage this morning, ending up with the tail end of the Polo in a ditch and dropped well over 3  minutes to the leader.

Euan Thorburn reported a wee bit of a misfire over the early stages this morning, but Tony Jardine is back out and on the case after some major bodywork repairs overnight.

Service will be a bit hectic shortly as the International crews are due in for mid-day service just ahead of the National guys and gals concluding their 5 stage (36 miles) run-out this morning.

We'll find out a bit more then.

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