RALLY FIRST & 1400
especially when the back steps out. Stefan gave me a real telling off,” admitted Hodge at the finish.
Retallick admitted to “needing to get my head into race mode” at first service and upped her pace on the second loop. But her rally ended in Dalby, parked up at the roadside with mechanical issues. Wells drove tentatively early on but picked up speed in the later stages and took the overall Rally First spoils on the day.
Jordan and Paul Hone (Proton Satria) became the BTRDA 1400 champions for 2016, taking their third 1400S class win of the year, and a third maximum points haul which overturned erstwhile 1400 championship leaders Neil Andrew/ Dominic Adams, who had not entered the Trackrod. Andrew/adams still secured 1400C title honours.
After a steady morning the Northern Irishmen arrived at service and peered under the bonnet. “The brake fluid’s boiling,” said driver, Jordan. “It’s fine on short stages but we nearly lost the brakes on Langdale.” They backed off slightly in the afternoon to compensate but still had sufficient pace to stay ahead of Joe Evett/phil Hall (MG ZR). Carl Davies/richard Jones made the long trip from Wales worthwhile by finishing third and winning class 1400C in their Nissan Micra.
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