Bar­low has tough de­but in Som­er­set

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Ju­nior 1000 cham­pion Char­lie Bar­low’s gravel rally de­but was nearly halted last week as an en­gine blew in a pre-event test.

He was test­ing with his Red-run Nis­san Mi­cra when the en­gine forced a rod out of the block.

How­ever, af­ter some hard work by RED and Bar­low’s fa­ther Brian, a road car en­gine was sourced and the young­ster could make his de­but with Osian Pryce’s reg­u­lar co-driver Dale Fur­ness, who will sit with him for most events this year.

“We went test­ing to Hig­gins Rally School on Wed­nes­day, be­ing my first time out on gravel,” said Bar­low. “The test went re­ally well and I gained con­fi­dence quickly but un­for­tu­nately the en­gine went.

“I’d like to thank all at RED for man­ag­ing to source and fit an en­gine to get us out on the rally on Satur­day.”

Bar­low had been run­ning 54th in the 1400S class us­ing a near-stan­dard road en­gine be­fore he de­vel­oped a mis­fire on SS10. He even­tu­ally fin­ished 57th.

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