service EMMU will continue to be supported by MIS Motorsport in 2014 after the
Kent-based motorsport insurance provider funded the replacement cost of one of
the unit’s patient monitors.
started their support last year when they sponsored the purchase of two
cordless saws for EMMU. The saws are a vital tool in the process of aiding the
extraction of casualties from crashed vehicles.
The new patient
monitor will allow the EMMU crew members to monitor all the parameters
associated with an injured patient including pulse rate, blood pressure, oxygen
saturation levels and temperature.
EMMU crew chief
Stuart Westbrook commented: “The patient monitor plays a hugely important part
in dealing with casualties, we can keep track of the main parameters and target
our actions appropriately.”
“I’m very grateful to
MIS Motorsport for their continued support. We are a voluntary service so help
from businesses such as MIS Motorsport is vital in ensuring we can continue to
provide the best quality motorsport rescue service.”
The EMMU rescue
service is based in Morecambe and they cover events all over the UK including
providing cover for the Ford World Rally Team test days. More information can
be found on www.emmu.co.uk.
Bentham rally driver David
Wright had a disappointing Malcolm Wilson rally last weekend when overheating
problems forced him out of the event.
Wright’s rally got off to a bad
start when just half a mile into the opening Comb stage the Kumho Tyres,
Drenth, Owen Developments and Grove Hill Garage-supported GPM Mitsubishi Evo 9
started to overheat. The car went into “safe mode” and Wright had to struggle
around the rest of the stage. Despite this he still set 12th fastest time.
There were three stages to go
before service, two runs of Wythop and one of Greystoke. Although the car was
not at 100% Wright managed to set two 6th fastest times and one 8th
The service halt was spent
attempting to fix the cooling issues and Wright and co-driver Michael Wilkinson set off for three stages in
Grizedale forest. However, on the road section Wright noticed that the engine
had built up pressure so he decided to retire rather than risk further damage.
“After all the hard work by GPM
to get the car ready for the event it’s really disappointing to have had to
retire,” said Wright. “We had high hopes of getting a podium finish but they
were dashed after around 30 seconds of stage one.”
“We carried on through the rest
of the morning stages and had hoped we could get the car fixed in service but the
pressure build up showed there was still a problem. It wasn’t worth the risk of
causing a lot of damage so we pulled out on the road section to Grizedale.”
“We’re concentrating on getting
our new Focus ready for the next BTRDA championship round in Somerset now,
hopefully the engine parts we need will be sorted and fitted. We don’t have a
lot of time but we’ll do our best to be on the start line in Minehead.”
The Somerset Stages, round 3 of the BTRDA rally championship, takes place on 12th April.
The Rally2Raise team of Rachel Clark and Gary Simpson headed to Perthshire last weekend to take part in the Edradour Saltire Classic rally. The organisers, the Saltire Rally Club, have supported Rally2Raise since 2012 and as part of the support they let the Rally2Raise rally car run as the course car on the event.
The rally started from the Birnam hotel on a cold and clear morning with a wide variety of cars lining up ready to tackle the route and tests which would take them up towards Pitlochry, across to Loch Tummel and then north towards Blair Atholl.
The opening test was in a forest just outside of Dunkeld. The team’s Nissan Micra struggled to get traction on the very slippery and steep track but the test was successfully negotiated. A further nine tests took place in quick succession including one at the distillery of event sponsor Edradour which involved negotiating a course marked out by whisky barrels.
“The first few tests went well,” said Rachel. “Most were extremely slippery and, even though we’ve only got a 1300cc Micra, it was a struggle to find grip. Fortunately we didn’t suffer a repeat of last year where the exhaust manifold broke early on.”
After a lunch halt on the shore of Loch Tummel the Rally2Raise crew completed another test before the highlight of their event, a 12 mile section through a snowy Errochty forest. From there the rally headed back towards Dunkeld via Blair Atholl and the south side of Loch Tummel, taking in seven more tests before the finish.
“Errochty was fantastic, I’ve driven it on the McRae Stages rally but this was the first time I’ve seen it in the snow. The roads were pretty icy and it would’ve been easy to slide off but we completed the section with no problems. The remaining tests were fine and we made it back to the finish in one piece.”
After the rally a raffle was held in aid of “Funding the fuel for Flynny” which included prizes donated by Penny Street Boutique Lancaster, Motorsport Mugs, Colin Wallace, Martin Steele, Willie Greig, 2013 rally winners Noel Cochrane and Olly McCollum, Life Memories Photography and Songasport. A total of £270 was raised.
“Thanks to everyone who donated a prize and bought a raffle ticket, we were delighted with the amount raised. Thanks also to Colin Wallace and his team at the Saltire Rally Club for letting us run on a brilliant event, we had a great time.”
Bentham rally driver David Wright will start his rally season next weekend when he contests round two of the BTRDA rally
championship, the Malcolm Wilson rally.
Having sold the Mitsubishi Evo 9 he had used for the last
three years Wright was hoping to debut his new Ford Focus WRC on the Cumbrian
event but the car is awaiting engine parts so a back-up plan has been put into
“The pistons for the Focus are still in America with
Cosworth so we’ve had to sort another car to contest the Malcolm Wilson rally,”
said Wright. “We’ve got the Mitsubishi Evo 9 that we won the 2009 BTRDA title
in. It’s taken a lot of work but we’ve managed to get it into pretty much the same
specification as the car we used last year.”
“We’ll struggle to match the pace of the world rally class
cars but we’ll be pushing hard in what are some of my favourite stages in
rallying and hopefully we can target a podium finish. We’re planning to test
the car ahead of the rally which should iron out any problems.”
The Evo will be supported by Kumho Tyres, Drenth, Grove Hill
Garage, GPM and Owen Developments.
The Malcolm Wilson rally starts from Cockermouth on Saturday
morning and the crews will be tested over some of the classic Lake District
stages including Comb, Wythop and Grizedale.