Deficit to land Flan­ders class win

Rochdale Observer - - LEISURE GARDENING FOOD WINE -

on the road, Brown would en­dure dif­fi­cult con­di­tions thanks to the gravel be­ing pulled out onto the road by the front-run­ning crews, but he showed no sign of that be­ing an is­sue from the off, putting the Nis­san well in­side the top 50 on the open­ing test, the long­est of the event.

As the stages passed, the con­fi­dence in the car grew and Brown would be trad­ing stage times with oth­ers in the hotly con­tested 3F class.

De­spite still giv­ing away sig­nif­i­cant horse­power to the lead­ers, the stage times tum­bled.

The oc­ca­sional off-road ex­cur­sion would be a tes­ta­ment to how hard he was push­ing the Mi­cra but af­ter nine spe­cial stages and al­most 100km of driv­ing, Brown se­cured his best re­sult of the sea­son.

“I’m thrilled with this re­sult and it re­ally is a great feel­ing to have fi­nally found my feet with the Mi­cra, it’s been a long labour of love re­cently,” said Brown.

“It was a dif­fi­cult rally and run­ning down the or­der didn’t re­ally help out stage times against other guys in the class but we per­se­vered and I so pleased with the pace we man­aged to set. It was a pretty much trou­ble free run too which is en­cour­ag­ing. I also know there is more to come from the car and me so it’s cer­tainly given me a real con­fi­dence boost head­ing into the fi­nal round next month. It’s great to be back!”

Brown is sup­ported in 2018 by Fuchs Ti­tan Race, Quest­mead Ltd, 710, Min­tex Rac­ing, PIAA, Brake Prep and Pirelli.

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