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2021/08 - Mewla Rally (0 images) - created by Adge on 01/11/2021 at 12:52:16
Well it was off to the 1st Round of the Protyre National Asphalt Rally Championship, which the RED Industries/Adgespeed backed Subaru Impreza S11 replica of Adrian Spencer and Team Adgespeed. This time due to family commitments for Mark Hewitt, Ashley Trimble was drafted into the hot seat to guide Adrian around the stages he knows quite well. Seeded at car 63 which was disappointing due to Adrian having won an event and had many top 10 results previously on the Epynt ranges.

At least the weather was good for once with bright sunny weather greeting the crews. So off to the 1st loop of 3 stages starting with 4.4 miles Bamfords1 and with a 1 mile to go Adrian caught the car in front losing sometime as they didn’t get out of the way, but a good start to the rally setting 17th quickest time. The next stage was even shorter at 2.33 miles so the likelyhood of catching cars was remote and another good stage with again a 17th quickest time and Adrian was into the top 20. The 3rd stage of the loop was the longest at 8.5 miles and catching an escort near the end diidn’t help, but again a good stage keeping Adrian and Ash 17th O/A and 3rd in class.

The next loop of stages were a repeat of the 1st loop and with Adrian and Ash keeping up the pace they maintained their position to still be 17th O/A and 3rd in class. With the service crew keeping on top of a driveshaft issue which the team have been struggling with for a few rallies the car was running perfectly.

The last stage in the same direction stage 7 a 11.65 mile and again Adrian keeping up the pace and maintained his position in 3rd in class.

For the penultimate stage, the longest of the rally at 11.96 miles which was basically the previous stage run in the opposite direction and a bit of drama on this on when Adrian caught an escort near the end of the stage and as they both went over a very big jump, when the escort landed there was a big cloud of dust and Adrian had to take avoiding action as a wheel broke off the escort passing just in front of them, not the sort of thing you want to hit at that speed, but fortunately Adrian managed to avoid it and the crew finished the stage unscathed without losing too much time.

For the last stage a repeat of the penultimate stage, again Adrian caught another escort with 4 miles to go, who didn’t appear to want to get out of the way, fortunately for Adrian the driver made an error on a hairpin left round a bale by overshooting and this allowed Adrian to pass.

A great result as Adrian and Ash finished 16th O/A and 3rd in class.