Stage Notes:

PIRELLI INTERNATIONAL RALLY 2017 – STAGE REPORTS – DRIVER COMMENTS – BRC

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

Reporters: Robin and Chris Ellison

Location:

After Stage: SS8

 

 

1 Fredrik Ahlin Not too happy – over use of tyres – grest event – happy to win – very steady – gutted for Osian
3 Osian Pryce Great Morning last 2 stages  – no handbrake – reversing on every chicane – lost a lot of time – happy with second – bring on the next round
5 David Bogie Grate day – won 4 out of 4 stages – kept out of trouble – car was on form
7 Martin McCormack Chuffed – great pace in morning – over the moon with a podium finish – thought it was all over yesterday on final stage – happy to finish
10 Rhys Yates Good day steady away – happy with the pojnts and no dramas – huge learning curve – stages incredibly fast
11 Jamie Anderson Eventful – lost 4th and 5th gear on stage 7 – happy to finish
14 Matt Edwards Better day with no dramas – kept consistency and got so much more confidence – all about the points
17 Alex Laffey Loads better – better face – more consistant times – happy to gain championship points
18 Tom Preston Geat day a lot better – achieved target of top ten finish – everything was great
23 William Creighton Elated to Win the event class
24 Meirion Evans Not too bad until final stage – oil sensor cut us off – most important thing is we scored points
25 Callum Devine Was a good start – no too good towards the end – battered left front tyre – cost us time – buzzing to finish on a podium

 

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  

 

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

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

Reporters: Robin and Chris Ellison

Location: Bellingham

After Stage: Regroup

1 Fredrik Ahlin 1st Stage Good – 2nd Stage Loose – No Grip
2 Tom Cave Challenging – comfortable with new car – well happy!
3 Osian Pryce Lot of movement
4 Eyvind Brynildsen Brake pipe broke – 3 miles into SS1
5 David Bogie No power steering SS2
6 Keith Cronin Steeping out on chicane – lot of erratic movement  with car – but very quick
7 Martin McCormack Quite good – caught David Bogie on stage 1 – cost him time with the dust – caught Croni on stage 2 – very chuffed and looking forward to afternoon
8 Desi Henry Very Very Fast – couple of small moments – chinace are what they are – great stages non the less
10 Rhys Yates Stage 1 really fast – rear brakes very very spongy at end of SS2 – driving erratically – SS2 brakes are sorted and has fresh tyres
11 Jamie Anderson Quick stages – struggling to keep up – spun in stage 2 – following the spin – steering rack broke
12 Jonathan Greer As fast as keilder always is – starting to cut up in places – could be rough tomorrow – also looking to making to up more time in afternoon
14 Matt Edwards Both crew members have a could but are battling through – No Dramas appart from 3 point turn on chicance on first stage
15 Stephen Petch  
16 Garry Pearson Short of seat time – a lot of movement on the road – couple of small moments over crests – good so far
17 Alex Laffey No Drams, car is fine , car quick
18 Tom Preston  
19 Peter M Stephenson  
20 James Slaughter  
21 Donnie Macdonald  
22 Oscar Solberg Small spin on stage 2.  No dramas.  Very difficult, not making distance quick enough.  Ready for afternoon but the pace notes are not that good for this section.
23 William Creighton  
24 Meirion Evans  
25 Callum Devine  
26 Marty Gallagher  
27 Cameron Davies  
28 Josh McErlean  
29 Steve Petch  
30 John Morrison  
31 John Wink  
32 Spencer Wilkinson  
33 Peter Smith  
34 James Williams  
35 Josh Cornwell  
36 Fergus Barlow  
37 David White  
38 Tom Williams  
39 TBA  
40 Alex Waterman  
41 Max Utting  
42 James McDiarmid  
43 Bill Lymburn  
44 Donald Carslaw  
45 Matthew Hirst  
46 Tim Phelps  
47 Geoffrey Phelps  
48 Niall Cowan Jnr  
49 Nabila Tejpar  
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  

 

Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Stage Reports – Driver Comments – BRC – Service After SS2

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

Reporters: Dave and Norma Wilford

Location: Service

After Stage: SS2

 

1 Fredrik Ahlin  
2 Tom Cave People in the wrong place
3 Osian Pryce Thought the stages would be cleaner after the historics
4 Eyvind Brynildsen  
5 David Bogie Brakes lost on first stage
6 Keith Cronin  
7 Martin McCormack  
8 Desi Henry  
10 Rhys Yates Brakes were spongy on SS2
11 Jamie Anderson Spun on ss2 lost 20 seconds
12 Jonathan Greer  
14 Matt Edwards  
15 Stephen Petch  
16 Garry Pearson Was rusty (driver – not car)  because 1st time (Rallying) since September
17 Alex Laffey  
18 Tom Preston  
19 Peter M Stephenson Smashing event – a lot of the starts are on a slope – a problem with some cars
20 James Slaughter Went off on SS2
21 Donnie Macdonald Problems with seeding – caught two cars in front
22 Oscar Solberg Spin on SS2
23 William Creighton Too much standing around – wanted more stages today
24 Meirion Evans  
25 Callum Devine  
26 Marty Gallagher  
27 Cameron Davies Caught car on SS2
28 Josh McErlean  
29 Steve Petch  
30 John Morrison  
31 John Wink  
32 Spencer Wilkinson  
33 Peter Smith  
34 James Williams  
35 Josh Cornwell  
36 Fergus Barlow  
37 David White  
38 Tom Williams  
39 TBA  
40 Alex Waterman  
41 Max Utting  
42 James McDiarmid  
43 Bill Lymburn  
44 Donald Carslaw  
45 Matthew Hirst  
46 Tim Phelps  
47 Geoffrey Phelps  
48 Niall Cowan Jnr  
49 Nabila Tejpar  
55 Clive Allford  
56 Ben de Ronde  
57 Chris McCarthy  
58 Tyrone Westall  
59 Blair Thomson Upside down in river – All crew OK
105 Matthew Robinson  
108 Simon Webster  
110 Ben Friend  
123 David Hutchinson  
131 Tim Metcalfe  
141 Andy Gray  

 

Stage Reports – Driver Comments – BRC

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

Reporters: Steven Batey

Location: SS2

After Stage: SS2

 

1 Fredrik Ahlin  
2 Tom Cave  
3 Osian Pryce  
4 Eyvind Brynildsen  
5 David Bogie Mechanics looking at possible brake issue
6 Keith Cronin “Not a good start to the Rally” – Power steering issue on SS2 – Spun on stage 1
7 Martin McCormack Was happy when interviewed!
8 Desi Henry  
10 Rhys Yates  
11 Jamie Anderson Spin on SS2 –  lost the steering rack
12 Jonathan Greer  
14 Matt Edwards Start of the event was alright –  but getting used to the car
15 Stephen Petch  
16 Garry Pearson  
17 Alex Laffey  
18 Tom Preston  
19 Peter M Stephenson  
20 James Slaughter  
21 Donnie Macdonald  
22 Oscar Solberg Going Good
23 William Creighton Very Long stage – not doing anything stupid
24 Meirion Evans  
25 Callum Devine  
26 Marty Gallagher No brakes
27 Cameron Davies  
28 Josh McErlean  
29 Steve Petch  
30 John Morrison  
31 John Wink Hit chicane – large dent on driver’s side
32 Spencer Wilkinson  
33 Peter Smith  
34 James Williams  
35 Josh Cornwell  
36 Fergus Barlow Rear left wheel locked with rock – freed at end of stage
37 David White  
38 Tom Williams Car was crabbing – mechanics looking at it
39 TBA  
40 Alex Waterman Caught by car 41 – no room to let him through – 41 went straight through chicane
41 Max Utting  
42 James McDiarmid  
43 Bill Lymburn  
44 Donald Carslaw  
45 Matthew Hirst  
46 Tim Phelps  
47 Geoffrey Phelps  
48 Niall Cowan Jnr  
49 Nabila Tejpar  
55 Clive Allford Enjoyed himself – thought they had a puncture but false alarm
56 Ben de Ronde Good Fun!
57 Chris McCarthy  
58 Tyrone Westall Overtook 57 in stage
59 Blair Thomson  
105 Matthew Robinson  
108 Simon Webster  
110 Ben Friend  
123 David Hutchinson  
131 Tim Metcalfe  
141 Andy Gray  

 

STAGE REPORTS – DRIVERS COMMENTS – HISTORICS – END OF STAGE 2 – Service

Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Historics

Stage Reports – Driver Comments

Reporters: Dave and Norma Wilford

Location: Service

After Stage: 2

 

1 Nick Elliott No Problems
2 Jason TauberPritchard Adjusted clutch at service – not following car 1’s line
3 Rudi Lancaster
4 Steve Bannister No probs – changed tyres between stage 1 and 2
5 Matthew Robinson Stopped on road between stage 1 and 2
6 Stanley Orr Off in stage 2
7 Steve Bennett 1st time out since Trackrod
8 Simon Webster
9 Tim Freeman Changing clutch in service – gone OTL
10 Ben Friend
12 David Bennett
14 Mat Smith Lost power steering – changed belt  in service
15 Barry Jordan Thought he had a puncture – backed off – but no puncture at end of stage
16 Barry Stevenson-Wheeler
17 James Potter Throttle spring came off at start line of stage 1 – still happy
18 Phil Jobson No starter motor
19 Phil Squires
21 Rex Ireland Went off on stage 2 – lost a minute
22 Tom Hewick
23 David Hutchinson Clipped bridge – no damage
24 Ian Jemison No Problems – but complaining about drones
25 Bob Bean
26 Eliot Rettalick Caught car in stage – lost a minute trying to get past – mashed screen
27 Terry Cree
28 Simon Pickering Rolled on 1st stage
29 Andrew Robinson
30 Andrew Stokes Held up on stage by car 28 which had rolled
31 Tim Metcalfe
32 David Dobson Flat at end of stage 2
33 John Hepworth
34 Kim Gray Off in stage 2 for 5 minutes
35 Stephen Forster
36 Josh Carr
37 Aziz Tejpar
38 Stuart Cariss
39 Keith Davison
40 David Hayton
41 Andy Gray
42 Phillip Harris
44 Mark Boulton Lost brakes on stage 2
45 John Mennell No starter motor
46 Paul Rawson

 

STAGE REPORTS – DRIVERS COMMENTS – HISTORICS – END OF STAGE 2

Pirelli International Rally 2017 – Historics

Stage Reports – Driver Comments

Reporters: Stephen batty

Location: At end of stage

After Stage: 2

1 Nick Elliott
2 Jason TauberPritchard Crunch in 3rd gear – tyres knackerd by end of stage
3 Rudi Lancaster
4 Steve Bannister
5 Matthew Robinson
6 Stanley Orr
7 Steve Bennett New co driver – feeling his way in – stages not forgiving
8 Simon Webster Nice stages fast – on the rev limiter – went well
9 Tim Freeman
10 Ben Friend
12 David Bennett
14 Mat Smith
15 Barry Jordan Thought he had a puncture – looking for somewhere to change but dint after all
16 Barry Stevenson-Wheeler Fast enjoying few moments
17 James Potter 2 big moments – throttle spring issues
18 Phil Jobson Seen Stanley Orr off on stage
19 Phil Squires Exciting – got away with a couple of big moments
21 Rex Ireland Good first stage, went off lost a minute
22 Tom Hewick
23 David Hutchinson Couple of fast stages- seems to have got away with with hittling brige
24 Ian Jemison
25 Bob Bean Heater grill got stuck under feet in footell
26 Eliot Rettalick Caught the Porsche – too dusty to get past – cracked windscreen
27 Terry Cree
28 Simon Pickering
29 Andrew Robinson
30 Andrew Stokes No 28 gone off caused me to slow down
31 Tim Metcalfe Issues with car!  Hopefully service will resolve
32 David Dobson Flat tyre at end of stage
33 John Hepworth
34 Kim Gray
35 Stephen Forster
36 Josh Carr
37 Aziz Tejpar
38 Stuart Cariss
39 Keith Davison
40 David Hayton
41 Andy Gray
42 Phillip Harris
44 Mark Boulton Beautiful stages – bottoming out – might have caused damages
45 John Mennell
46 Paul Rawson Slight damage to suspension

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-

 

 

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