With much anticipation and jugging of cars in a very tight ‘piazza’ we left Lecce in joint 6th place with high hopes for the coming week.
Sadly a massive hitch on the first regularity put us in trouble. For the first time in my experience you have to mark your own start time, in pen, on the time card. We started off in our order one minute behind another car and almost immediately Kev Howarth had a secret control and spotted the clerical error. The consequence is a brutal 2.5 minute penalty. A major ball dropping exercise by any standards.
After some silence and swearing it was all put behind us and it’s now a challenge to see if we can get near the top of the table by next weekend. Many regularity timing points we visited today were within a couple of seconds discrepancy so we will have to wait and see….
The day seemed pretty cultural with regularities around what seem to be Roman olive groves penned in by prehistoric dry stone walls and amazing lunch and final time controls at Unesco heritage sites. I could have done with a lot more time to have a look round. My pictures do not do it justice.
Tomorrow is another day so we will battle onward to try to climb the results table.