Not a lot of screenshots. Fairly conservative and that time isn’t exactly going to set the world on fire but it ‘felt’ good and no damage… just wanted to get something on the board without going nuts and letting the ‘red mist’ take over.
Poland should be one of the easier rallies, weather permitting, and therein lies my problem. A couple of pints and I am feeling like Collin McRae incarnate. I managed to spin in the first two stages while overdriving the car, and got the car stuck between two hay bales in the second. For the third, I put the beer back in the fridge and drove very conservatively, no doubt frustrating my co-driver. How we managed to hold on to the lead is one of life’s mysteries. But that won’t be for long. Chaz will no doubt obliterate our times and be drinking the bubbly in the morning. Love seeing all of the Fords for a change.
On to Wales, one of the finest rallies in the world. The word around the paddock is that @keets is throwing a party with mutton and home brew! Hope to see you there!
Well it was all going well until it got dark for the second stage.
I like Pant Mawr (Welsh for Big Hollow) as a stage, but never done it in the dark. I managed to get sideways and disoriented in one of the narrow bits which lost a bit of time…
3rd stage wet!!! It’s Wales…. Obvs. Tough and was too loose. Lost a bit on one of the handbrake turns as I was a bit too hot and held the brake on too long and spun out. Recovery wasn’t too bad, but this Guzman chap is keeping it tidy Vantanen style.
Enjoyed the runs, I’m off to get the BBQ on, bring a brolly it’s a bit wet at the minute.
Nicely defended on home soil keets! You blistered Fferm Wynt!
I’ve worked up quite an appetite trying to reign in the wily Belgique, but Guzman proved too slippery in the wet! Hopefully, your animals won’t mind another stable mate Saturday evening. I plan to party into the wee hours and don’t care to meet the local constable on bad terms.
It has been another hectic week at Harry’s farm. I had set aside some time yesterday but an impromptu trip into town put paid to that and we have the farrier coming out tomorrow.
Today is shaping up to be a scorcher temperature wise, so between getting up at sparrow fart this morning to get some outdoor chores done early and heading over to the neighbours this afternoon for ‘Australia’ Day, I managed to get through all three stages but in a bit of a rush… And it shows!
Stage 1 - Clipped the inside of a corner a about halfway into the stage and blew a tyre. The co-driver did say “don’t cut”, but I was overdriving the car something fierce.
Stage 2 - Calmed my driving, but like Keets, got a bit discombobulated in the dark and zigged when I should have zagged. I can imagine my co-driver saying “your other left stupid”.
Stage 3 - Nothing good about it… I will leave it at that.
Of course I had to do the rally on the last day again. Has me wondering if surface degradation is enabled.
This time, though I did things a bit differently: I finally managed to keep disciplined and drive at a speed that felt safe and slow to me. Finished 4th (but almost 30 secs behind the podium) on the first stage.
On the second stage I got stuck off track twice and had to use the reset: once hanging over an edge with the front wheels and once on a pile of logs.
This was also the first stage where I started using the handbrake. Was too busy braking and shifting up until now. The resets (8+9 seconds) did push me back behind Harry on this one.
Helped by your warnings, I held back on the third stage again and managed to finish in 4th position.
Way way behind the podium of course… but looks like I might be “first of the middle group” so far. Great improvement over my previous rallies.
Would be a shame if @miRage pushed me down the leaderboard in these final hours…