Mixed drive for Fow­den in An­gle­sey

Llanelli Star - - SNOOKER / MOTORSPORT -

BOB Fow­den Mo­tor­sport had some­thing of a mixed drive at the re­cent stage rally held at An­gle­sey Cir­cuit in North Wales.

The Llanelli driver en­tered his ex-Pet­ter Sol­berg Subaru Im­preza WRC, seeded at num­ber one, on the event as a test ses­sion in prepa­ra­tion for a re­turn to the Isle of Man and the Protyre Mo­tor­sport UK As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship on the Master­pixel Media Manx Na­tional Rally (May 10-11 May), a year af­ter fire badly dam­aged his Com­line Auto Parts/NGKbacked Subaru Im­preza WRC S11 on the Isle of Man event.

Fow­den, co-driven by his el­dest son Paul, con­tested last Sun­day’s Al­trat­ech SMC Stages at An­gle­sey Cir­cuit as a shake­down for the Manx Na­tional, us­ing the sin­gle-venue event to make fur­ther ride height,

steer­ing and sus­pen­sion set-up ad­just­ments to the Im­preza.

Pre-rally Fow­den Snr said: “The week­end is some­thing of a de­vel­op­ment ex­per­i­ment, and we will see how things work.

“If suc­cess­ful they may be an ad­van­tage for our next event, which will also be on fast tar­ma­cadam.”

The Llanelli duo started well in An­gle­sey, hold­ing joint fastest times on the open­ing two stages. Bob was pleased that his as­sess­ment of the sus­pen­sion set-up, ride height, springs, roll­bar and tyre choices were the right ones, and co-driver Paul also said that the car was 100% im­proved on last year at the Ynys Mon cir­cuit.

Thus the en­try proved use­ful, though on stage three the Im­preza started to smoke badly and the car was re­tired for in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be made.

The prob­lem proved to be a sus­pect oil seal on the brand new turbo re­cently fit­ted to the Subaru, which was sur­pris­ingly al­low­ing oil to get into the cylin­ders and af­fect­ing the anti-lag sen­sor on the en­gine.

On re­turn to the team base the turbo was re­moved and is now at Owen De­vel­op­ments in Kingston, Ox­ford­shire, the lead­ing ex­perts on the equip­ment, where it will be fully checked prior to re-in­stal­la­tion ready for the Manx Na­tional.

ROGER GALE

Bob Fow­den’s Subaru Im­preza WRC.

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