Ker­shaw tyre switch

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Boyd Ker­shaw and Bryan Hull used a tyre change to turn their for­tunes around af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the rally. A switch from DMACK to Dun­lops af­ter the first ser­vice helped the duo net 13th over­all and a Class B10 win, de­spite a touch of late drama with a bent link bar. It was fixed in the last ser­vice and the duo held on to an­other good re­sult as the Sil­ver Star cham­pion con­tin­ues to bed into the new Ford Es­cort hav­ing missed the sea­son open­ing Cam­brian Rally.



1 Char­lie Payne/carl Wil­liamson 2 David Wright/steve Pugh 3 Wayne Sisson/ Neil Shanks 4 Paul Benn/ Richard Cooke 5 Peter Stephen­son/john Milling­ton 6 Russ Thomp­son/andy Mur­phy 7 Rory Young/al­lan Cathers 8 Steve Simp­son/ Pa­trick Walsh 9 Aaron Mcclure/alex Ki­hu­rani 10 Andy Davies/ Max Free­man

11 Karl Sim­mons/ Mark Glen­ner­ster (Subaru Im­preza); 12 Phil Pickard/ Si­mon Pickard (Subaru Im­preza); 13 Steve Ban­nis­ter/ Kim Gray (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 14 Boyd Ker­shaw/ Bryan Hull (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 15 Gavin Ed­wards/ Caron Tom­lin­son (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 16 Daniel Moss/ Sam Allen (Mit­subishi Lancer E9); 17 Phil Bur­ton/ Mal Cap­stick (Ford Es­cort Mk2); 18 Stu­art Eg­gle­stone/ Brian Hodg­son (Vaux­hall Astra); 19 Matthew Robin­son/ Sam Col­lis (Fiat 131); 20 Jon Cean/ Mark Mor­ris (Mit­subishi Lancer E3).

but dis­ap­pointed such a strange break­age had ruled him out of the rally.

Payne put on a real push through Grizedale North, and that was enough to stoke the fire of the lead bat­tle. He pulled eight sec­onds off Wright and the gap was gone as they headed into SS6 Grizedale South. Could the car Pet­ter Sol­berg rolled into trees on Rally Fin­land and Car­los Sainz steered on the Monte Carlo Rally hold on for the win, or would Payne’s more mod­ern hy­brid Ford Fi­esta steal the spoils?

Through SS6 there was trou­ble for Payne. He had no brakes. He de­scribed how dif­fi­cult that was. Wright stole back 14s and a com­fort­able lead headed to the next test. Sisson had ce­mented him­self in third. To say it was just down to at­tri­tion would be un­fair, he was go­ing well in the E10 and on the new MRFS. Benn and Peter Stephen­son, with for­mer-m-sport lo­gis­tics man­ager John Milling­ton on the notes, com­pleted the top five.

Through Thorns­gill 2 Payne took back an­other se­cond af­ter sort­ing the brakes on the road sec­tion, but Wright still had 13s in hand head­ing into the fi­nal test.

The per­for­mance of the stage came from Russ Thomp­son. He made an in­cor­rect tyre choice on the pre­vi­ous stage and was un­der pres­sure from next in class Aaron Mcclure, but a stonk­ing third over­all in the N4 Lancer E9 was a joy to be­hold. He and co-driver Andy Mur­phy had dis­cussed whether one of the cor­ners on the test was pos­si­ble to com­plete flatt, and the up­com­ing Spe­cial Stage TV pro­gramme will prove it was. But only just. Thomp­son won’t be do­ing it again.

As the crews went into the last test, Payne was push­ing hard but he needn’t have made the ef­fort. Wright was equal 14th quick­est on the stage af­ter the drive­shaft prob­lem and his chance of glory had slipped. It was re­demp­tion for Payne, though, who had so cru­elly had his win re­voked on the Cam­brian.

Rory Young had a day to for­get in his Ford Fi­esta, with a bro­ken throt­tle ca­ble ear­lier in the day just the tip of the ice­berg. But an equal se­cond quick­est time on the fi­nal test made up for it a lit­tle as it se­cured him sev­enth, just ahead of the man who equalled his time on the test, Steve Simp­son.

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