So this weekend see's us returning to the Emerald Isle for some more top quality rallying this time on the Ulster Rally .. as a round of both the ITRC and BRC championships it's made for a very mixed and very competitive entry through all the classes, with some very quick R5 crews from both championships leading the way
We have competed on the Ulster Rally three times in the past when it was based in Enniskillen, and have previously won both the historic category 3 in the Mk2 and the the historic category 2 in the Mk1. The rally has now moved to the north of the county taking in the narrow and challenging roads of the Sperrin Mountains, which is completely new territory for us. This will certainly be a much different prospect to the fast and flowing stages of Donegal, but a great challenge all the same.
The car has had a major overhaul by Grahame Standen including new brakes and an uprated transmission which has caused some unreliability on the car previously. Also Aaron and Steve at HT Racing/ Vulcan Engineering have had the car back and reworked the engine with the generous support of Kent Cams to get the engine running the best ever. Also they have uprated the electrical system to take away the misfire that plagued us all through the first day of the Donegal International Rally.
So the car is in very good shape, and with the usual support from Steve Harkness with Pirelli we have good tyre options on board for whatever the conditions may be. And that might be rain which we are told can make it very slippery with mud and gravel on the roads. We will see more on the recce tomorrow when Declan Dear will report back I'm sure.
Of course none of this would be possible without the backing and support from our sponsors Hehku, and we feel very privileged to continue to represent this prestigious brand.
The Royal Automobile Club have just asked the club to run a Consistency Trial for the Benjafield's Racing Club at Woodcote Park on Saturday 23rd September so I am looking for volunteers.
I am away that weekend at the British Drag Racing Championships at Santa Pod so Dee Pee will be in charge. In the meantime I am co-ordinating things so drop me an email or PM if you want to be involved. ...
Great day at Woodcote Park for the Summertime Consistency Trial and thanks to everyone that helped and took part. Just 1/100th of a second separated 1st (A Bristol) at 1.035 and 2nd (Fiat Spider) at 1.036 total difference between the total of their 2 runs against their Benchmark times. Great to see Mr Connick get beaten by a lady in his own car as well as renewing acquantances with Derek (Charters of Aldershot) Manchester in his mighty 911 GT3...
Congrats to the Soup Dragon aka Dave Woods and wife Christine on a dramatic win on the SCMC GP Treasure Hunt, a victory secured on the last question and all thanks to the Qualifying Time set by Sergio Perez.
Thanks to Nigel for the enjoyable route amongst Lycra Warriors who simply infest the lanes around Surrey Hills and to Karam for the superb lunch and the big TV for the race..... a great event enjoyed by all that participated, all for just a tenner...... as always, where were the rest of you? ...