Another step up the ladder for Delphi backed Ian Barrett

Delphi backed Ian Barrett (Clayton West, Huddersfield) will continue his near vertical learning curve when he attempts the Pirelli International Rally at the weekend (6-7/5/00). The event will be the nineteen year olds second ever International Rally following his debut on the Vauxhall Rally of Wales where he scored third in class and 34th overall finish.

The Roger Clark Award contender, co-driven by Simon Ashton (Sheffield), found the competition in Wales fierce after leaping from Club to International level following just eighteen months in the sport. "The pace was very fast, I was having to learn pacenotes for the first time, and the event was much longer than I'm used to" commented the Vauxhall Corsa driver who encountered his fair share of troubles. 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, but they battled through to the finish.

Ian and Simon are looking forward to the second round of the Mobil 1 British Championship where they hope to make further inroads into their learning curve, neither having competed over the awesome Kielder stages before.

Sunday 30th April 2000