It’s three years since I did this event and the weather is very different. Last time it was 20deg with glorious sun, this time grey and wet, very Welsh!
Scrutineering and paperwork today. Lots of ‘colouring in’ on the route book and careful notes made of the more tricky bits. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and it looks to be challenging for both driver and navigator…
A few pictures from the promenade at Llandudno, our home for the next four nights. Notice the cars seem to be getting newer but the crews older somehow?
The final day, and what a tight one!
4 regularities and four tests. The second one caught us, and many others, out at an ambiguous junction. This cost 41 seconds plus the final control on the section was round a very tight turn and step up to the marshal; another 10 seconds. We had hoped to catch the Porsche in front of us and were relieved to find they too had made the same mistake!
After the regs and the first 2 tests we were 12 seconds in front of the Porsche but we knew we were likely to get 6 seconds on each on the final two with the Porsche connecting no penalties. Michael drove brilliantly and we managed to pip the Porsche to 11th place overall retaining our 3rd in class.
After 3224km, 54 regs, and 196 timing points the conclusion is that this was a very special event. Well done to all the organisers and their teams for doing such a fantastic job. I can’t wait until the next one!!!
A much longer and busier day today the went pretty well after a couple of dramas.
The longest regularity so far was scheduled for an hour with 7 timing points. Towards the start we inadvertently visited a farm, although very nice it wasn’t the correct route and we found the right way about a minute later. Fortunately the next timing point was not close do with some fleet driving and accurate navigation we caught up the time and managed a zero penalty!
Today was one of the best rallying I’ve done in recent events. We are now 15th OA and 3rd in class.
Another great day on the road with 6 regularities and a driving test on a kart track.
The car has had some suspension improvements that have transformed the handling and the test was quick, well, for a big car against nimble sports cars.
We had a day with minimal penalties up until the afternoon coffee stop when the penultimate regularity went wrong when I misinterpreted an instruction and we wrong slotted into a car park, this cost us 1 minute at the second control. The last regularity was a bit scruffy too. We are now 16th overall and 3rd in class.