Sunday, 13 February 2011

Wright takes class win on new car debut

Bentham’s David Wright enjoyed a brilliant debut event in his new GPM Mitsubishi Evo 9 rally car last weekend when he took fourth place overall and first in class on the Wyedean Forest Rally.

The Chepstow-based event kicked off with a stage in Chepstow Park forest and Wright claimed seventh fastest time despite it being the first time he had driven the Kumho Tyres, Proflex, Drenth and Grove Hill Garage supported car in competition. Wright and co-driver Michael Wilkinson were lucky to survive an incident after they crossed the finishing line of the stage which could’ve ended their event.

“The opening stage went well, it took a while to get used to the new car, especially the braking which is more powerful than the old one,” said Wright.

“We crossed the finish line at high speed but there was a tight corner shortly after it, we locked the brakes and the car went into a ditch and came to rest against a tree. Fortunately we were able to get out and there was no damage to the car.”

With Wright becoming more familiar with the car he increased the pace on the second stage, Serridge, to take fourth quickest time which moved him up to fifth on the leaderboard.

This position was maintained over the next few stages despite an incident on the third stage which saw a rear door damaged as the car clipped a tree.

A good run on the final stage of the event saw Wright move up to fourth as the crews headed back to Chepstow racecourse for the finish.

“I’m very happy with the result, it’s my best result on the event so it’s a great start both for the new car and for our season.”

Wright’s next event will be the Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria which takes place in early March.