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Michael and Andrew net 5th Overall on Jim Clark National

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Last weekend’s Jim Clark Rally saw Michael Glendinning and Andrew Roughead fire through the110 stage miles to 5th overall - but most importantly - 4th in the points for the Richard Eggar Insurance National Tarmac Rally Championship.

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It all started on Friday evening in Duns, with the short 1.5 mile blast through Duns town centre. All we wanted was a nice clean run with no errors which is exactly what we managed. From there we moved onto the more challenging Abbey St Bathans test - 16 miles of narrow demanding roads. It started very well, we found a good rhythm, the car was very good and as this was our first event in the Subaru we were rather surprised when we found ourselves catching Bob Grant in a similar car. We were stuck behind him with nowhere to pass for about 2miles, but eventually managed to creep past him only to be met by some running water on a right hander which caught us out, pushing us wide onto a grass verge - not good in 5th gear, but gladly we got away with it. We ended the stage with very big smiles from both of us - we knew it wasn’t a bad time - 6th fastest! One more test awaited us before the overnight halt in Kelso. We got through the Polwarth stage with no problems where we ended leg one in 8th overall.

 

Leg Two

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Leg two started nice and early on Saturday, although we were still half asleep from a rough night at the camp site, and were quite far off the pace on the opening stage. The following test was cancelled due to a bad accident, so a return to service at Kelso was awaiting us. A can of Red Bull down in one go woke Michael up, and on the following loop of stages that saw us move back up to 10th. Heading back to Kelso for the final service, with a loop of four stages to follow, we were praying for rain. And rain it did! We headed to Eccles 2 in 10th overall. This stage was just magic for us, nice and slippy conditions that suit us down to the ground. Catching one of our close rivals - Callum Duffy in the Mk11 Escort - only 4 miles into the stage was a real surprise, and after passing Callum going down a long straight flat in 5th gear, braking for a chicane, the car tried its damn hardest to swap ends but luckily Michael held it together and nipped through the bales. Talking to Callum at the end of the stage he said “all I saw was one side of the car then the other, you're bloody mad you Michael!!” We finished the stage fastest, jumping up the results from 10th to 5th in one stage, and so with 3 to go it was still all to play for, 3 cars separated by 15 seconds.

Swinton was the next test and losing a slight bit of time to our two rivals we dropped to 6th, then on Wedderburn we nibbled some time back - so going into the final stage we were sat in 6th 1.3 seconds down on Duffy and 7.5 seconds up on local Dale Robertson in a Evo 9. All the drama had to happen in the final stage. 4 miles from the end, coming round a tight hairpin we broke a rear driveshaft, resulting in us losing around 20 seconds - we thought it was all over. But, as we waited at the stage finish, what should we see but first Callum Duffy roll in with a broken gearbox and then Dale Robertson with a front puncture - we'd taken 5th place! It was still close, only 1 second ahead of Duffy over 110 miles wasn't bad at all.

So all in all, a cracking event. 4th National Tarmac points and top North of England points as we're almost at the halfway in the season and things are certainly looking good!

NEXT UP - Rally of the Midlands in two weeks

Andrew Roughead

 
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