The Scottish Rally saw the return of the white nova to a scottish championship event for the first time since 2003.
The first stage went well with no problems and decent pace finishing 3rd in class. The short stage 2 was a bit untidy and we dropped a bit of time but no problems other than a lock up into a tight left 9 which saw the spectators running.
Back to service and no problems so on to the next 2 stages.
Stage 3, Twiglees went fine. Satge 4 Castle O’er is a favourite of gordon’s and even though the heavens opened just as we got to the start we set a very quick time in there to come out sitting second in class.
Stage 5 was the short spectator stage at Heathhall which has not been kind to us in the past. However no issues this time and we went into the last stage still sitting second in class with a 4 second gap back to third.
Stage 6 started well and was very quick. Everything was going well until 4 miles in and coming out of a tight junction we just lost power. the engine just stopped and we were stuck in the stage. Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done at the roadside and that was the rally over.
A disappointing end to a good day with everything going well up till the problem at the end. Once we got the car back to the garage the problem was traced to the distributor which had broken down and wasn’t working.
Sam was on holiday for this one so thanks to Brian for stepping up to chief mechanic and to Sam Henderson and Michelle Park for helping out.
Gordon and Michelle Park enter the Kames RTT championship for 2012. Ian elected to drive in the first event so Gordon needed a co-driver to do the 4 championship rounds with. Michelle, having co-driven in the last event in 2011 was happy to fill in.
This was the team’s first competitive outing on gravel for about a year. The rally started in Castle Douglas as with stage 1 in Glengap near Laurieston. It took a mile or 2 to get into the swing of things again but it was a really clean through the stage with no real problems.
A clip of us near the end of stage 1
Stage 2 was going fine but after five or six miles the rainy weather caused the windscreen to mist up which made it tricky for driver and co-driver alike to judge the corners correctly. A bit of time was lost but everything was still going well.
Stage 3 in Dalbeattie forest was going very well with a very clean quick run but about a mile from the end the car lost power. It came back once or twice but we ended up coasting to the finish which fortunately was downhill. The car dies completely on the stop line and we had to push it out of the way once we got our time. It then restarted and we headed back towards Castle Douglas and the service team to see if they could diagnose the problem.
Unfortunately about a mile along the road section the car dies again and this time it wouldn’t restart. We phoned Sam to come and get us but even he couldn’t get it running once he arrived.
Sadly we had to tow it back to Castle Douglas and put it on the trailer.
Once back at the workshop the problem was traced to a broken rotor arm in the distributor.