Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally 18th of March 2017
This was the first round of the Ecosse Citroen C2 Challenge and the first event of the year for the team.
This year we have been very kindly given the use of David Martin's 2016 Challenge winning car.
We had done a small amount of testing in the car, but the decision was to use this event to learn the car and to get seat time as it was 6 months since our last event.
Scrutineering was on Friday night which went without any major hick-ups, and we were treated to an amazing firework display as the BRC crews headed off for their first 2 stages, before the competitors briefing.
Saturday morning our first stage SS3 Wauchope, from the DVD this looked to be a fast, flowing stage unfortunately for us, as we came round a L6 corner 3 miles from the end and were greeted by a queue of cars stopped on stage by a crew who had managed to park their car on its roof across the stage. Car returned to its wheels and pushed to the side, we drove in convoy to the end of the stage, where we were given a notional time which was 1 minute and 15 seconds down on the leading C2's, an almost impossible task to get back as the cars are so similar.
SS 4 Hyndlee we got a good clean run setting second fastest Challenge time through this stage.
Heading back to first service the engine light came on, we had a little panic to ourselves. Jack and Victor now joined by David Martin jumped into action, but could find nothing wrong. The instruction was given not to push, but to bring the car home in third spot.
SS5 Elibank 1 unfortunately this stage was cancelled due to an incident and we received another notional time, this time the leading Challenge cars received the same time.
SS6 Yair 1 another good run with third fastest Challenge time dropping 9 seconds from the leading car and 2 from the second.
Second service of the day no change with the engine light. Some new tyres on the front and sent out for the final three stages.
SS7 Cardrona a slight mishap with a large bale didn't slow us down too much setting second fastest Challenge car again.
SS8 Elibank 2 we had used the earlier drive through as a recce, making a few adjustments to the notes. Another third fastest time dropping 8 seconds to the leading car and 3 from the second.
SS9 Yair 2 the final stage a repeat of SS6 and another second fastest Challenge time.
We had a good day and delighted to have finished third in the Challenge, though a little disappointed that due to the notional time we were not able to be involved in the battle for the win.
We would like to thank the organisers, safety crews and marshalls who helped make this a great event.
A big thank you to David Martin for lending his car and for servicing along with Jack and Victor. To Louise and Mandy for providing food and support along with Allana and John braving the rain on the stages. And our sponsors Aitken-Walker cars and H & S Joinery.