Jim Clark National Rally - 28th and 29th May 2010
Andy Fenwick and Lee Tindall's Jim Clark National Rally started with a 1.20 mile blast around the Spectator stage in Duns Town Centre. A steady start in a stage you can only throw the rally away on saw them set 6th fastest time of 1.22, giving away 4 seconds to car 1 David Kynaston in his Audi A3.
The rally headed out to the proper rally roads north of Duns, Abbey St Bathans was a very testing 14.9 miles long, As the crew set off the start line 30 seconds behind the Audi, it finished the stage only 11.7 seconds behind, taking over 1 second a mile off the Exeter crew, Fenwick/ Tindall the only crew to break the 13 minute barrier with a 12.57 stage time to the 13.15 set by Kynaston, also in the mix was the local Duns driver Douglas Brydon in his Subaru who did a time of 13.11.
Another fastest stage time on stage 3 the night was over, and the crew pulled into parc ferme with a 20.7 second lead.
Bright and early on Saturday the cars headed out to the first stage of the day, Wedderburn 1 at 10.9 miles, the crew were determined not to be caught napping, they pushed from the word go and was 2nd quickest only beaten by the 05 Focus WRC of Damian Cole, but the crew could allow this as he was 51 seconds behind. So back at Service the crew extended the lead to 26 seconds.
Out for another loop of 2 stages, Swinton 1 saw the Subaru pair set a fastest stage time of the whole rally including the internationals. "We had a good push in Swinton, a stage I like which saw some big air over the jumps, a fast and committed stage it was" says Andy.
Back to Service and a full check over by the team, they headed off for the last group of 4 stage with a very healthy lead of 34 seconds, with the rain starting to fall on the way to the Eccles stage, Andy adjusted the brake bias to reduce the rear braking for the wet conditions, doing this caused a freak failure of the brake bias adjuster on the Subaru WRC and when the crew headed off the start line the front brakes started to bind on, the crew could only manage 1/2 mile until the car ground to a stop.
This was hard to take after everything had gone to plan and as you could imagine the crew were left thinking of what should have been - Gutted was the only words to describe the crews feelings.
Andy and Lee would like to say a big thank you to all that support them, without their continued support it would not be possible to be leading National Championship events.
Fix Auto Tour of Epynt, on March 14 2010
Andy Fenwick and Lee Tindall started the Fix Auto Tour of Epynt, on March 14 2010, in their recently acquired ex Richard Burns Subaru World Rally Car.
Seeded car 10 in the first round of the 2010 MSA Asphalt Rally Championship they returned to service in 12th place after a steady run over the first 12 mile stage. Stage 2 was 30 seconds quicker moving them to 8th place overall.
Andy explained "This is how we thought it would pan out as I this is the first time I have driven the car. I knew we could only get quicker as we went on".
Another 10 seconds quicker on Stage 3 saw the NEC
backed car jump to 7th position.
Stages 4, 5 and 6 were a reversal of the first 3 stages,
again the Impreza was getting quicker and quicker
eventually finishing a very respectable 4th overall, a
fantastic finish for the new car.
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