Racing summary – Shelmore Park (1/9/20)
WRC Rally (2WD)
Back to the Rally this week at Phils double trouble rally stages & there was some very close & intense rivalries scattered among certain drivers during the evening. Early signs of what was to come was the appearance of the younger, hairier Golley this week, and Nicks usual good showing of form, even after a long layoff, set the bar quite high early during the first rally stage. Rob followed up immediately afterwards & despite a very good & incident free drive (as well as dealing with some sly barracking from Nick!), Rob was not quite quick enough to knock off his young protégé. It was a similar story on the rally stage among the Thomas clan. Callen set a good early pace with the Mitsubushi and this proved too much for Bruce to reel in. In the overall results for this stage, Phil had an off day in the Corolla this allowing the Loeb Citroen of mine to narrowly squeeze up in the top spot, achieved basically by not much more than not coming off for once. The Golleys (Nick & Rob) were 3rd & 4th fastest with JB in the 2nd of the Corolla team grabbing 5th. Callen 6th, Rhys 7th & Bruce in 8th made up the mid pack ahead of Adrian Gray, Dave Bantoft & Dave Gray. Sadly for Tom Males I was given the task of driving for him & owe him an apology next time I see him as I managed no better than 12th (out of 12).
On the Hillclimb Stage, there was quite a shuffling about of times….which co-incided with a whole lot more drivers having “offs” as some struggled to master the course. Or, in my case, struggled to master the pressure being heaped on by certain marshalls (thanks Bruce!) as I came into the stage after a win on stage 1. Luckily, I was able to completely block out all the “white noise” and demonstrated exactly how to deal with perceived pressure……by promptly falling off 4 or 5 times during the stage. There was some suggestion that I should be seeking a sponsorship deal from the makers of this chocolate bar…..
There was also some amusement found in my throttle control during this stage…..something to do with two finger action.......I can think of another type of two finger action I’ll give in response next time……
JB, showed his true form on the hillclimb & posted a slashing stage time that was 3 seconds quicker than the nearest challenger, which unbelievably still happened to be myself in 2nd, by a huge margin of 0.2 over Bruce in 3rd. Phil’s off day continued on this stage but still managed the 4th fastest time ahead of Rob G who decisively turned the tables on Nick G this time round. Dave Bantoft (7th fastest) showed his experience by putting in a good solid time next, and led Callen Thomas by under a second. Adrian Gray, Rhys, Dave Gray & again the extremely unlucky Tom Males followed suit.
Overall the combined stages order read: Mal, Phil, JB, Rob G, Nick G, Bruce, Callen, DB, Adrian, Rhys, Dave Gray, Thomas Males.
What was quite interesting was that during the father/son rivalries of the Golleys & the Thomases it was the younger of the pair who jumped out of the blocks early, but the more experienced (ie…older) of the two who finished stronger overall.
1st - Mal, 2nd - Phil, 3rd - JB