Yates and Wood­burn push Fi­esta over fin­ish

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Rhys Yates and Tom Wood­burn were al­most ruled out of the Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally af­ter an al­ter­na­tor belt broke as they reached the cer­e­mo­nial fin­ish.

To claim their pro­vi­sional 15th place over­all and sixth in the British Rally Cham­pi­onship or­der, they had to reach parc ferme af­ter the fin­ish cer­e­mony. The duo pushed the car across the fin­ish ramp to the ap­plause of spec­ta­tors.

“Af­ter ser­vice we got a warn­ing light: we had put a bit of tape on a vent so I thought it was that,” said Yates. “When we opened the bon­net it was the belt. If it would have hap­pened on the stage that would have been it and it would have been a right kick in the teeth,” he added.

The Ch­ester­field driver was mak­ing his asphalt rally de­but af­ter a year in the BTRDA last year, with the plan to fin­ish.

He set top five times on the BRC opener in Mid Wales, but slid into a bank and was de­nied help from spec­ta­tors by mar­shals.

Yates made as­sured asphalt de­but

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