Stage Reports – Drivers Comments – Historics – End of Stage 1

Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Historics

Stage Reports – Driver Comments

Reporters: Chris and Robin Ellison

Location: Kielder Dam – 10.13

After Stage: 1

 

1 Nick Elliott nice stage – very slippy – small moment on last corner-
2 Jason TauberPritchard  not too bad – steady – floating across the surface – small moment same as elliott on last corner
3 Rudi Lancaster  went ok – very dry–
4 Steve Bannister  lost 30 sec to elliott – too fast for him–
5 Matthew Robinson  rubbish stage – gear box – no third-
6 Stanley Orr  fast and slippy chicane slippy but all good elsewhere—
7 Steve Bennett  cautious – 1st time in car in months – new co driver – trying to get a rhythm
8 Simon Webster  slow start as he got used to the grip it got better—
9 Tim Freeman  rapid – suit escort stage – chicane very tight-
10 Ben Friend  not too bad – far too quick – entertaining stages – excited to keep going
12 David Bennett  slippy – very sideways – wrong tyres on the back – small moment at end of stage
14 Mat Smith  very difficult – built up banks mean you cannot commit – hard to get rhythm but got through ok-
15 Barry Jordan  very loose – quick – no problems- perfect stage
16 Barry Stevenson-Wheeler wheeler – very quick – got to be brave – small moment over crest – back end in ditch – kept foot down and got out
17 James Potter  not happy with time – very slippy but good fun–
18 Phil Jobson  very slippy – half spin on chicane – very quick but no room for mistakes-
19 Phil Squires  mint (Yorkshire Accept) – very quick – best run in that stage in years  – tittering on the edge of ditches a couple times
21 Rex Ireland  not too bad steady away—
22 Tom Hewick  superb stage – incredible flowing – proper Mk 2 stage –
23 David Hutchinson  very quick steady away for first time in Kielder – eye opener–
24 Ian Jemison  no report—
25 Bob Bean  no comment—
26 Eliot Rettalick  good brave on crest – woke him up–
27 Terry Cree  slippy – very very quick – happy with progress steady away-
28 Simon Pickering  off in stage 1—
29 Andrew Robinson  incredibly fast – soil mounds on the corners catching them out–
30 Andrew Stokes  not too bad – slow to begin with – mentally not there-
31 Tim Metcalfe  1st time in stage in 15 years – very cautious–
32 David Dobson  loose – as fast as you dare – steady away – cautious
33 John Hepworth  very go stage – rhythm is improving–
34 Kim Gray  awesome – 50 second out of car 33 – soil mounds were treacherous – cannot put car where want to
35 Stephen Forster  gertting there – still learning – glad to get to the end-
36 Josh Carr  fast “I like it here I am coming back”—
37 Aziz Tejpar  very good a few hairy moments – scary coming past car 28 in ditch–
38 Stuart Cariss  ragged – rolling across stones – very unsettled-
39 Keith Davison  corners which look ok are less gippy – not totally confident – very slippy-
40 David Hayton  very good – 1st time out in a year – enjoyed the first stage-
41 Andy Gray  clutch pedal failed – everything was perfect–
42 Phillip Harris  very good – bit slippy – everything ok – wish I had a fifth gear
44 Mark Boulton  not too bad – stage perfect for historics – very enjoyable-
45 John Mennell  mint – perfect – very enjoyable-
46 Paul Rawson  excellent – very fast – perfect for the escort-