Sunday, 28 February 2010

Wright aiming to get season back on track in Cumbria

Rally driver David Wright, from Bentham, is aiming to get his 2010 rally season back on track on next weekend’s Malcolm Wilson rally.

Wright’s season got off to a bad start when mechanical problems forced him to retire his Mitsubishi Evo 9 on the opening round of the BTRDA rally championship, the Wyedean Forest rally, but hopes are high for a good result on the second round which takes place in the forests of Cumbria.

“After our success last year it was disappointing to suffer a retirement on the Wyedean but we’ll be pushing hard in the Lakes to try and make up for it,” said Wright.

“We have sorted out the problem we had and we’ve remapped the engine so hopefully we’ll have a troublefree run.”

The rally starts from Cockermouth Main Street on Saturday morning and features around 45 miles of competitive action in the forests of Whinlatter, Greystoke and Grizedale. With recent snow and rain conditions are likely to be very slippery on the gravel tracks.

“The Lakes forests are usually pretty slippery on this event but the bad weather will’ve made them worse. Tyre choice is going to be vital and it will be a battle to keep the car on the road.”

“We’ve had some good results on the rally before though and it would be nice to get another one this year.”

Wright and co-driver Michael Wilkinson will contest the event with support from Giles Philips Motorsport, Drenth, Kumho Tyres, Proflex and Grove Hill Garage.