Solid Result at Cotswold Venue

The second outing of 2009 for the Peugeot 205 crew was at the Cotswold venue of Down Ampney, near Cirencester.

With a forecast of dry and warm weather, the conditions were excellent for the mixed surface event. 10 stages greeted the 75 starting crews on a day which materialised to have a high rate of attrition.

Stage one immediately brought difficulties with an intermittent misfire and driveshaft concerns. These were soon rectified at the first service halt, and the crew took advantage of the dry conditions, regularly catching and passing cars midway through the morning stages.

The organisers provided an excellent range of flowing but challenging stages which caught out a number of crews, including a fellow Peugeot 205 competitor who rolled immediately before the Rallycards 205 in a tight section around a set of buildings. A handful of seconds were lost slowing to pass them.

The remainder of afternoon stages passed without any major concerns, and with a newly adjusted the brake setup, the car was able to have a more balanced braking arrangement, particularly under heavy braking at the end of the long straights, where speeds of 120 mph were reached.

After 10 challenging stages, without major incident, the crew were pleased with an overall result of 31st and 7th place in class, having one of the most competitive drives to date.