Monday 24 August 2015

Rally - Home interest

There was quite a bit of British, and Irish, interest in Rally Germany at the weekend with our very own John  MacCrone and Dai Roberts finishing 38th overall in the Watermans Accident Claims and Care Ford Fiesta R2. They also finished sixth in the RC2 class behind a certain Max Vatanen!

At the finish John said: “It was a great feeling being back in the World Rally Championship, and we’re delighted to come away with such a good result. The old-style normally-aspirated Fiesta wasn’t as powerful as the newer R2 cars, and it didn’t have the new brakes and suspension either, so we concentrated on trying to bring the car home in the best possible position we possibly could. And thanks to the performance of the DMACK tyres, we were able to achieve exactly what we set out to do. The icing on the cake was winning the ‘Vatanen Touch’ nomination, and I really must thank DMACK for giving me this incredible opportunity at the end of the year.”

As a winner of the Vatanen Touch nomination, John’s prize will be an invitation to an end of season DMACK shootout, where the prize is a drive in an M-Sport Fiesta R5 car on a round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship!

Wonder if Mull could be included in next year’s WRC, eh?

Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen and Scott ‘Scoot’ Martin survived a huge high speed spin on SS5 to finish 18th overall in the SAINT√©LOC Racing run Peugeot 208T16 while Eamon Boland was 28th in his Subaru Impreza. Manchester’s Graham Coffey was 47th overall in his Fiesta WRC but might have done rather better had it not been for hitting a rock on SS3 and tearing off a wheel!

At least he finished. Marty McCormack retired his Skoda S2000 on SS19, Tom Cave retired his Fiesta R2 on the fifth test after a big impact with some German trees and Gus Greensmith had a terminal problem with his Fiesta R2 on SS20.

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