Brackley to Versailles and Llandudno for Blacks
Steve and Callum Black’s dash to France ahead of the Cambrian Rally last weekend went unrewarded when they retired after the first stage.
They travelled to Citroen Racing’s base in Versailles to pick up a new gearbox just two days before the Cambrian Rally got underway last Saturday.
The father and son duo had fitted a new gearbox to their Citroen DS 3 R3 Max earlier in the week, but Callum identified that the unit was faulty. With no other option, the Blacks set off for Versailles last Thursday but made it to Llandudno in time for the rally start.
“Around 1600hrs on Thursday we ran the car down the road and I knew something was wrong,” said Black Jr. “I was straight on the phone to Citroen and we set off at 2100hrs from Brackley.”
The blacks reached Versailles at 0500hrs on Friday and were back in Brackley for 1500hrs before heading to the rally. However, an off into a bank on SS1 bent the rear beam and put them out.