Following on from an excellent 27th overall on the wind and rain ravaged North West Stages Cockermouth crew Richard and Andy Barnard set off for the Isle of Man last week. Their aim to finish the Chris Kelly Memorial Rally over the closed public roads of the island on Friday 11th/ Saturday 12th February.
After a successful recce in pleasant weather the conditions turned sour on Friday evening for the events first 6 stages with torrential rain being the order of the day. In the Trout Hotel Subaru Impreza WRX early stage times for the RABrallyesport team were encouraging with the best being 12th fastest on the 3rd stage. On the fourth test things went badly wrong with a big accident after aquaplaning and ending up wedged across the road with the rear wheels in the ditch and the car ‘beached’. With help the car was extracted and limped slowly to the stage finish and through the remaining 2 night time stages.
Work overnight by the RDR Motorsport mechanics enabled the Cockermouth crew to continue on Saturday, in beautiful weather, and as the day went on Richard gained confidence and set some respectable times to finish up 29th overall. A result that would have been more likely in the late teens had it not been for Fridays incident. Never the less a lot was learnt and the RABrallyesport car continues its 100% record of finishing every event it has started.
Now it’s on to Lincolshire for the third event in three weeks, the Bill Cammack Memorial Trophy Rally, on Saturday 19th February, and then the RDR prepared car can have a well deserved rest.