Lancaster’s Shelley Rogerson suffered another disappointing rally last weekend (13th June) when differential failure resulted in retirement from the Dukeries rally.
Shelley was co-driving for Andrew Burton in his Peugeot Cosworth and after retirement on the Plains rally and more car problems meaning that they failed to start the Severn Valley Stages hopes were high for a reliable run on the Southwell based event.
Their rally got off to a good start with second fastest time on the opening Thieves Wood test and third fastest on the Portland stage. Stage three was in Sherwood forest and the Peugeot stormed through the stage to take fastest time.
However, disaster struck on the fourth stage when the front differential seized on the car meaning that the crew could go no further.
“We were on the pace on the opening tests and the car was going well,” said Shelley.
“Getting fastest time on stage three was excellent and we were hoping that the reliability problems we’ve had were behind us.”
“It all went wrong in the Clipstone South stage though, the diff started making noises part way through the stage and then after a couple of miles it seized. There was no way we could fix it in stage so our rally was over.”
“It’s very disappointing to retire again. We’re not giving up though, hopefully the car will be fixed ready for the Quinton Stages rally in July. I’d like to thank Co-ordSport, Nicky Grist, Songasport and Gilletts Spar for their support.”
For more information on Shelley’s rallying please visit www.shelleyrally.com.