MH Motorsport heads Junior BRC at Pirelli
After four tough stages in the Kielder Forest, the MH Motorsport R2T team top the Junior Prestone MSA British Rally Championship leader board at the Pirelli International Rally going into the overnight halt.
Northern Irish rally ace Callum Devine shows no sign of needing to bed into his new steed as he leads the hard charging Juniors, albeit by just two seconds. “Aye we are still getting settled into the car really” he said at the overnight service. “The Fiesta R2T is a lot different to my Adam and getting used to the speed on these stages has been immense, it’s so quick out there. Plan for tomorrow is more of the same I’d say!”
Junior series leader Oscar Solberg ends the day in sixth, struggling with a brake problem which has hampered his usual pace. “A challenging day” he said. “The brakes have been really bad today, but that’s rallying. We need to drive hard tomorrow and make up for time. We made some note changes in SS1 and 2 which will help tomorrow.”
The Cadet Cup classes are equally hard-fought and the older model Fiesta R2’s are no less exciting to watch. MH Motorsport fields three of the popular 1600 variants in the event.
Josh Cornwell is the first of the MH Cadet challengers in 25th overall. But it hasn’t all gone to plan. “It’s not what I`d hoped for today, I really need to pull my finger out” he said. “Head wasn’t in it during SS1 – it’s where we went off last year and then snapped the gear lever off in SS2 which really hampered progress today. Will get my head down tomorrow.”
Alex Waterman is pleased to still be in the event after cashing out of the opening BRC round and sits 32nd overall. “It’s gone well today and I`m pleased we are still here – its so fast out there” he says. “We made a few changes to the notes for tomorrow and we just want to get to the end, although we will push on where we can”.
Nabila Tejpar believes there is still more to come from her and the Fiesta after a solid performance on the opening leg. “My times have progressed today which is good, but I really feel we need to push on more” she says. “I struggled a lot with the chicanes today, they seem so tight. I also need to trust my notes more; I know I can push on in places.”
Tomorrows stages are a repeat loop of the opening leg with 50 miles of notorious Kielder forests ahead of the crews.
Live results can be found here: http://results.djames.org.uk/results/event_stage_select.php?EventID=479&Combined=Combined