Barrett foiled again
Delphi backed Ian Barrett (Clayton West, Huddersfield) and Simon Ashton (Sheffield) were once more foiled by engine woes in their Vauxhall Corsa despite a promising start to the SEAT Jim Clark Memorial Rally.
The nineteen-year-old Roger Clark Award contender attacked the opening stages to hold second in class early on in the two-day event slipping to third as the sun rose at the end of the first day and holding 51st overall from the 85 starters.
The Duns based event is the only one to use closed public roads on mainland Britain and rallies through the night, but that didn't affect the youngster as he continues to learn from his new experiences on each event
Unfortunately the second day didn't start too well when brake failure caused them to nudge a banking loosing a minute whilst the spectators pushed them off. A heavy landing on the very next stage caused concerns to rise even higher as blue oil smoke began to puther from the Corsa engine. The service crew worked wonders changing the entire front brakes in the allowed twenty minutes service but a quick check of the engine saw the team realise that they were now down to just three cylinders.
Ian decided to push on and drive for his first finish in three events only for the oil pressure to drop just three stages from the end leaving him no option but to call it a day. "I can't believe my luck this year. I only retired from one event in fourteen last season but so far this year has been a bit of a disaster" commented the youngster. "However it's got to change soon and hopefully that will be in two weeks on the MSA Rally based in my Dads birth town of Grantham."
Sunday 2nd July 2000