|Peter (right) with Finlay|
Today’s usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Junior Rally was won by Peter Bennett and Arthur Kierans, but only after a close fought battle with Finlay Retson and Andrew Falconer. At the halfway point of the 10 stage event Retson had a 1 second lead over Bennett but on the second half of the rally, the young Irishman “took a few risks” to seize the lead to win by 14 seconds.
Zak Hughes in his second season of Junior rallying finished third ahead of Philip White on what turned out to be a very tricky event. Overnight rain had left the stage surfaces wet and very slippery in places while intermittent rain showers during the day ensured that conditions were never totally dry.
For many of the youngsters it was the first time they had contested a ‘proper’ stage rally with genuine road stages, ‘public road’ sections and the use of Safety Route Notes. Even so they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the challenge, even those who didn’t quite make it to the end in one piece!
Top seed Josh McErlean was sidelined early on when an ECU failed and Michael McGarrity had a one sided encounter with a bale bigger than his Citroen!
1, Peter Bennett/Arthur Kierans (Citroen C1) 51m 28s
2, Finlay Retson/Andrew Falconer (Citroen C1) 51m 42s
3, Zak Hughes/Chris Evans (Citroen C1) 52m 25s
4, Philip White/Richard Wardle (Nissan Micra) 53m 04s
5, Matthew Davies/Claire Williams (Peugeot 107) 53m 33s
6, Tom Delaney/Joe Cruttenden (Suzuki Alto) 53m 42s
7, Craig MacIvor/Allan Smith (Nissan Micra) 54m 06s
8, Tommi Meadows/Ian Oakey (Nissan Micra) 54m 15s
9, Harry Chalmers/Steven Brown (Nissan Micra) 54m 25s
10, Myles Reid/Ian Rae (Peugeot 107) 55m 28s