Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Monaghan races to class podium on Tyneside Stages rally
With new Dunlop tyres on the car for the first time Monaghan built his confidence in the early stages, getting used to the extra grip over the part-worn tyres he has used previously. After four stages he was lying just outside the top twenty overall and fourth in class.
As the rally progressed Monaghan increased his pace and by the end of the event he had moved up to 15th overall as well as taking third in class for a good haul of championship points.
“I didn’t drive at 100% in the early stages, the new tyres offered so much more grip and it took a few miles to determine how hard I could push them,” said Monaghan.
“The later stages went well and I was happy to get a podium finish in the class which helps our standing in the championship. The competition was very tough on the event and really we need more top end speed on the long straights to be fully competitive.”
“Steve Dargen did a great job in the co-driving hotseat and Chris Purvis was a source of food all day as part-time rally manager. Thanks to Neil Thompson and Graham Murray for servicing and thanks for Pirtek Tyne & Wear, Pirtek Aberdeen, Stauff and GB Lubricants for their support.”
The result puts Monaghan in second place in the championship for his class.
Photo courtesy Martin Taylor