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2019/11 - Neil Howard Stages Rally (2 images) - created by Adge on 27/11/2019 at 00:37:08
It was back to Oulton Park race circuit for the Neil Howard Stages Rally as the RED Industries, Adgespeed, ABR Fabrications backed rally team of Adrian Spencer continue to get more miles in the new Subaru Impreza WRC replica. Back with Mark Hewitt in the co-drivers seat after a 2 year break from the sport the team soon settled in. As usual Oulton park in November is wet and miserable and this year was no exception. At least it meant that tyre choice wasn't a problem as it was wets all the way.

Seeded at car 14 and with a very strong entry with WRC, R5's, Top spec Escorts etc, as it was the 1st round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally championship it was going to be a tough challenge as the new engine/turbo package unfortunately couldn't be fitted in time, so the decision was made to stick with the 121,000 mile standard engine, so hanging on the seeding could prove a challenge as the organisers still thought the car was a genuine S11 rather than the replica shelled car Adrian now has.

Then it was off for the 1st stages which incorperated the infield drift circuits where there is hardly any grip due to high glass content in the tarmac and staying on the track is aways a challenge. Having learnt from previous events there being neat and tidy is a good way forward on those. Adrian and Mark were off to a steady start not wanting to make any mistakes and never having driven the car in the wet it took sometime to get to grips with it and after the 1st 4 stages they were down in 23rd O/A. However they were having a great laugh together as they slid around Oulton Park.

Adrian was dissappointed with his performance so after giving himself a good talking to, they carried on with stages using the water splash and what ever Adrian said to himself obviously worked as the times improved to move them up to 15th O/A by the end of stage 7 which they held on to until the end of the 9 stages which comprised the rally.

As usual the car ran faultlessly all day and with no damage to the car it was a great days rallying for Adrian and Mark to enjoy.

Hopefully the new engine/turbo package would be fitted before the next rally the Hall Trophy Rally to held at Blyton which the team are looking forward to in 3 weeks time.