Sunday, 2 September 2012

Puncture damage robs Wright of good Merrick result

Bentham’s David Wright had a disappointing Merrick Stages rally last weekend when damage caused by a puncture caused him to retire from the event.

Wright made a good start in his Kumho Tyres, Proflex, Drenth, York Brewery, Millers Oils and Grove Hill Garage-backed GPM Mitsubishi Evo 9, setting fourth fastest time despite having to get used to a slightly different pacenote system to that used on the events he normally contests.

Stage 2 was a 19 miles-long test in Glen Trool and Wright was hoping to progress up the leaderboard. The stage was going well but sadly a puncture five miles into the stage meant he had to stop and change the wheel, dropping him three minutes and losing him any chance of a top result.

Wright was third quickest on stage three but damage on the car caused by the puncture was exasperated by some rough regraded sections on the track so it was decided to retire rather than risk doing more serious damage.

“I was pleased with our stage one performance,” said Wright. “It took a while to get used to the different notes and I found it difficult to commit on the fast parts of the stage so fourth fastest was a good time.”

“Glen Trool was our chance to push really hard and gain some time on the leaders and we were on target to do that but the puncture ended our hopes. We planned to do the last two stages as a test but it wasn’t worth chancing further damage to the car after completing the third stage.”

Wright’s next event will either be the Cambrian rally or the Grizedale Stages.