Team Taylor's Punctured Hopes

Team Taylor's David Pattrick (Sleaford) and Simon Ashton (Sheffield) scored a fine second in class on the on Saturday's Wyedean Forest Rally despite suffering a puncture.

The opening round of the 2000 Peugeot Sport BTRDA Gold Star Championship was based in Chepstow with 45 stage miles in the surrounding Forest of Dean. Despite fine weather conditions the stages proved to be very slippery and rough in a number of places.

The Peugeot 106 Rallye powered crew were attempting the event for the second time and were hoping to get their Championship hopes off to a good start by going one better than last year's second in class but it was not to be. Overshoots on the first and third stages dropped around fifteen seconds but a puncture less than one mile into the fifth stage dashed their hopes. The loss of just under a minute proved too much as the crew struggled through the six-mile test on the wheel rim. David and Simon didn't let the disappointment get the better of them though, and set fastest in class stage times on the final three forest tests.

David and Simon finished 91st overall in their 1300cc Group 'N' (standard car class) Peugeot, out of 165 starters. Andy Burton powered to outright victory with his hybrid Peugeot 306.