Driveshaft woes on the Azimghur Stages

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Saturday 12th June saw the third outing of the season for team at Colerne Airfield, near Bath. At the head of the field there were a number of Subaru WRCs as well as a pair of Aston Martin Vantages, entered by the event sponsor, David Appleby.

The stages offered long open stages on super smooth asphalt. The first two runs were clear and the acclimatisation of the route saw us as high as the mid forties in the standings. Only a difficult chicane over grass saw us loose time, although this was a problem also encountered by the other teams.

Stages three and four again were clear runs, although, a more cautious approach was being taken following significant tyre ware from the first two stages. The more consistent approach was rewarded with encouraging stage times.

Running towards the end of the field proved to be of a severe disadvantage on the fifth stage as heavy rain started to fall on the start line. A half spin and less cornering speed saw us loose around 30 seconds to our competitors. Keen to make up time on the sixth stage, we had a very clean run, until the final corner of the stage when the driveshaft seal gave way, ended any hopes of a strong finish on what had been an enjoyable event .

Despite the disappointment of the mechanical setback, the times were encouraging and there is more confidence in the set-up of both the car and crew.