Red Sponsored Adgespeed’s 1st Rally of the year
Well before you know it another season of rallying is here again!
After reprepping the car after last season which ended with a class win on the Protyre Asphalt Rally championship. The team were looking forward to this year’s challenges.
Welcoming back long term sponsor RED Industries Ltd – one of the UK’s leading Waste Management companies, Adrian Spencer and team Adgespeed had not yet decided whether to compete in a championship this year due to clashing other commitments and uncertainty surrounding the Protyre Championship, which has now been resolved. The team has entered several championships and will see how the year unfolds.
1st Rally of the year is the East Riding Stages rally a new closed road rally based in Beverley and using roads to the North East. This being a new event it was very well supported and the team were lucky to get an entry. As it was also a new rally and the 1st proper asphalt rally of the year there was a very strong entry, with people using the event to shake themselves and cars down for the coming season.
Seeded at car 20 and with Mark Hewitt on the notes the team set off on a nice sunny but cold day. The rally consisted of 2 loops of 4 stages and after the 1st loop and with no issues to report Adrian and Mark were 19th overall. The stages were good with fast-flowing and technical parts to them and with dry weather, everybody was enjoying them.
With the car running faultlessly it was only a clean and check over at the service area before heading out for the 2nd loop.
Stages 5 and 6 went well with improving times and Adrian and Mark moved up to 17th O/A, however on stages 7 and 8 Adrian had a couple of spins which cost some time, but fortunately no damage. The resultant time loss meant they slid down the result a couple of places to finish 19th O/A
All in all a very enjoyable and well-run rally and to finish in the top 20 considering the entry was a great result for the team.
The team is now looking forward to the Legend Fires North West Stages closed road rally based in Garstang, Lancs on the 18/19th March
( check out www.northweststages.co.uk for more info)