Few takers for rally opener
SUNDAY'S Raynor King Memorial Rally in Frome, Westmoreland, saw only five entries and only four finishers led by winner Kyle Gregg.
"There wasn't much competition. After the first stage, we knew we just had to keep it on the road," Gregg told Auto.
Partnered by the veteran co-driver Michael Fennell Jr, Gregg led from start to finish trading seconds with Doug Gore, to win the rally by one minute twenty-two seconds.
"The rally was a good test for me in terms of getting to know the car and its level of reliability," Gregg said.
Second place was the battle of two Gores, as brothers Doug and Matthew traded times to the end with Doug taking it six-seconds ahead of his younger sibling and the two-wheel drive class. Gore was making his comeback to the sport in a Honda Civic partnered by Ian Banks.
"I loved every minute of it. Running against the best of two-wheel drive and winning was a great accomplishment," he said.
Matthew himself also had to deal with his ailing Toyota Starlet in his attempt to stay with his older brother as it lost second-gear on the third stage of the rally. This handed the lead to Doug.
"It had a huge impact. We couldn't go at the pace we needed to in the morning and second-gear was so important for the afternoon stages," Matthew explained.
For current Rallysport champion, Daryl King, it was an event to forget when a high-speed off on the first stage damaged his Honda Civic.
"We limped to the end, but it felt good to actually finish the rally," he said.
King was the fourth and final finisher as the fifth competitor Macklin Peterkin exited early when problems beset his Subaru Impreza STI.