19 Year Old makes International debut

Ian Barrett (Clayton West, Huddersfield) completed his first ever International Rally at the weekend, claiming third in class and 34th overall.

The nineteen year old, co-driven by Simon Ashton (Sheffield), climbed a near vertical learning curve on the Vauxhall Rally of Wales by leaping from club to international level rallying in one fell swoop. "The pace was very fast, I was having to learn pacenotes for the first time, and the event was much longer than what I'm used to" commented the Delphi backed Vauxhall Corsa driver after completing the 170 forest stage mile event.

It wasn't all plain sailing either for the youngster. The first day saw a succession of braking problems - the team used three sets of rear brake shoes in ninety miles! Day two started well and the team began to take time out of the crews around them only for the gear linkage to fail leaving the Corsa crew with a choice of third or fifth gears. In service whist fixing the gearbox, the team mechanics spotted a hole in the oil sump and fortunately managed to complete a temporary repair that lasted to the finish of the event.

Ian and Simon are now looking forward to the next round of the Mobil 1 British Championship - the Pirelli Rally in May, where they hope to make further inroads into the learning curve.