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2011/10 - Cheviot Rally (0 images) - created by Adge on 16/11/2011 at 13:14:00
Entering the last round of the 2011 REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, Adrian and Mark were looking to finish the year off on a high. Held over 90 tarmac miles of the military ranges of Otterburn in the NE of England the day started out damp and very slippy and after their off on the Mewla rally Adrian was a little apprehensive in not wanting to make the same mistake again. A slow start in the conditions saw them down in 17th after the first 2 stages, Adrian was not happy with his performance but at least the car was still in one piece. With rain now falling heavily, the grip levels got better as the tyres started to work and with more confidence the pair moved up to 13th after stages 3 and 4. Now on the pace of other drivers around the top 10 it was all to play for. Stage 5 went well with Adrian and Mark setting the 8th quickest time which moved them up to 11th O/A and a top ten position was looking a good possibility, however a slight mishap with a bale in a chicane cost Adrian some time resulting in times off the pace for stages 6 and 7 dropping them back to 13th. With the stages now drying out and some tweeks to the suspension and having now bent the new wing, Adrian decided it was time to get his arse into gear and get on with it. The changes obviously suited them as they set top 10 times over the remaining 4 stages and with a couple of rivals suffering some bad luck they shot up to finish 6th O/A and 2nd in class All in all a great days rallying. In the championship Adrian was 15th O/A driver and Mark 10th O/A Codriver, but in class they were 4th and only having counted 4 out of a possible 5 scores, the team could have been well in the top 10 if another finish could have been achieved.

So now its back to the workshop to rebuild the car over the winter ready for next year. With several improvements and upgrades, things can only get better next year.