Monday 31 October 2016
Rally - Confirmation
Just in case there was any doubt, Bruce McCombie and Michael Coutts won the Dayinsure WRGB National Rally. It wasn't a dream, and no they didn't nick the trophies or drive the car on to the ramp when everyone had gone home. Their victory ensured that the Saltire flew over Wales as it did in the past two years thanks to Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy who unfortunately failed to score a hat trick of wins while the year before that (2013) Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton scored the win.
Mind you the win has left Michael with a dilemma although Bruce sees it differently. "I was given a bottle of cask conditioned 21 year old Balvenie a couple of years back and I was keeping it for a special occasion," said Michael.
Yes, you've guessed, Bruce reminded him of it and reckoned this is a special occasion. Makes you wonder if that was why Neil Shanks was keeping in with Michael too, maybe he's hoping to be invited to the grand uncorking as well.
But before anyone else invites themselves, I reckon Michael needs it more than anyone else. He didn't admit to it, but Bruce told me: "Mike hurt his back on the first stage yesterday. There were some pretty bad holes and ruts in places and we hit one pretty hard. It was a real bad compression and Mike suffered worse than me because he didn't see it and I was braced with the steering wheel."
But perhaps a word of advice should be offered here to Michael. Don't use it as embrocation and rub it in to the tender area - apply it internally.
And did you know, Bruce was the first driver he ever co-drove for all those 19 years ago, and he's stuck with him ever since. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?