40th Overall at Keevil
Despite weeks of unsettled weather and intermittent rain, the sun stayed out for most of the days action, which covered nearly 90 stage miles.
In preparation for the event, new Yokohoma slick tyres we purchased, and the dry conditions proved their worth. Special Stage one saw the team post 55th fastest stage time out of field of 90 cars. The team continued with a similar pace until after stage 5 a hole in the radiator was revealed, most likely as a result of the rough and twisty sections known as 'the naggery'.
The lunchtime service halt was an ideal opportunity for the mechanics to replace the holed radiator, which they carried out in just under 10 minutes. The new unit proved to be much more efficient during the afternoon stages, as the crew became more familiar with the stages.
Rather than making a concerted charge and risking mechanical difficulties with the abrasive conditions, the crew decided to drive for a finish, holding a comfortable position in the final stages. A brief overshoot on SS7 lost a handful of seconds and a significant amount of rubber, but this did not affect the overall position. The crew held on to the last stage to take 40th position overall and 16th in the up to 2 litre class. The event was won by the former World Rally Championship Subaru Impreza of Steve Furzeland.