Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Stage Reports – Driver Comments – BRC

Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Stage Reports – Driver Comments – BRC

Reporters: Robin and Chris Ellison

Location: Claver Hill

After Stage: SS4

1 Fredrik Ahlin Set was much better – more relaxed – getting faster
2 Tom Cave  
3 Osian Pryce Not 100% – rear of car “out of sorts” – need to keep going and push a bit harder
4 Eyvind Brynildsen  
5 David Bogie Only 3 brakes – to be sorted in service – very difficult – struggling with chicanes – otherwise very happy
6 Keith Cronin Last two stages were faster – getting more comfortable – keep plugging on the Catch Fredrik
7 Martin McCormack Very difficult stage – “2L over Crest Cut” – but he didn’t cut and hit a rock in 5th and stalled and rear left puncture – disappointing but that is rallying –
8 Desi Henry  
10 Rhys Yates Happy to get to the end of the day – conditions are perfect – small problem with dust and a tad loose – looking forward to tomorrow
11 Jamie Anderson Recovering from a bad morning – almost of a couple of times – Rhythm a lot better – just wants to be consistent and make it to the end
12 Jonathan Greer Good run – soft tyres were giving up at the end of the run – stages are in perfect condition
14 Matt Edwards “Feeling Grim – Happy to be able to go to bed”  Car is good – tyre and brake management is key – feeling more in control – only way is up
15 Stephen Petch  
16 Garry Pearson Tyres failing – overshot at a chicane – clipped a  bale got stuck in ditch
17 Alex Laffey Better afternoon – chicanes are a nightmare
18 Tom Preston SS4 wasn’t good – messed up on chicanes and on into ditch – SS3 was good – will push for top 10 tomorrow
19 Peter M Stephenson Everything good except for Chicanes
20 James Slaughter  
21 Donnie Macdonald Dusty and very quick – too many chicanes – early stages not to good
22 Oscar Solberg  
23 William Creighton Tricky but enjoyable – caught Oscar in SS4 – very dusty – happy to finish
24 Meirion Evans Spun in SS3 – nose on into exit road – enjoying – all to play for tomorrow
25 Callum Devine Not too bad – hit a couple of chicanes – happy to be leading class
26 Marty Gallagher Front damage
27 Cameron Davies  
28 Josh McErlean Very tricky – first time in Kielder – just want to make it to the end tomorrow
29 Steve Petch  
30 John Morrison “Great Day” – Apart from the Chicanes
31 John Wink Very enjoyable day – hit chicanes and lost time
32 Spencer Wilkinson Better this year -started off bad – now satisfactory – might be good by end of tomorrow
33 Peter Smith  
34 James Williams Very good day – learning a lot – tomorrow is crucial
35 Josh Cornwell  
36 Fergus Barlow Very good runs – SS4 was like a single venue (Chicanes) – hit one and lost 12 seconds – loving the event – my DMACK holding up very well
37 David White  
38 Tom Williams Good and flat in 5th with on verge on collapsing – car to be fixed tomorrow
39 TBA  
40 Alex Waterman Not too bad chicanes very tight – re arranged a few – will get pushing tomorrow
41 Max Utting Very clear in first 2 stages – kept catching and losing time.
42 James McDiarmid Amazing and fantastic run – if there is too much of anything it’s laughter!
43 Bill Lymburn  
44 Donald Carslaw  
45 Matthew Hirst Brilliant – best event in a while – absolutely faultless
46 Tim Phelps  
47 Geoffrey Phelps  
48 Niall Cowan Jnr  
49 Nabila Tejpar Alright – could be better – bad suspension means car is moving all over – could be quicker
55 Clive Allford  
56 Ben de Ronde  
57 Chris McCarthy  
58 Tyrone Westall  
59 Blair Thomson  
105 Matthew Robinson  
108 Simon Webster  
110 Ben Friend  
123 David Hutchinson  
131 Tim Metcalfe  
141 Andy Gray