George Lepley 11th Overall on Malcolm Wilson

The 2300 Club’s 2018 John Easson Scholarship Winner reports on his progress

Round 2 of the BTRDA was the Malcolm Wilson Rally, based at M-Sport, with Stages in and around the Lake District. They included a long 12.5 mile stage through the notoriously challenging Grizedale stage of which I was certainly looking forwards to!

After a large amount of rain fell on the Friday night, the stages were certainly going to be wet and slippy. But to see the snow arrive and then settle how it did was a surprise to say the least! 3 very slippy stages before the first service awaited us, causing a lot of drama amongst other crews! Then a long trip out to the Grizedale area for some excellent stages. There was no snow here, just wet ground so plenty more grip than the morning Stages! A big push through the 4 stages that we’re awaiting us saw us extend our lead in the 2 wheel drive and historic categories. Unfortunately, a rear axle arm bent in the penultimate short stage causing the car to behave strangely. A short final service where the service crew managed to replace one of the broken parts before a final stage in Greystoke where we just nursed the car back to get to the finish after a very dramatic and difficult days rallying! An extremely rewarding champagne spray at the finish!

An incredible 11th O/A, 1st 2 wheel drive, 1st Historic, 1st Junior award (Tynemouth Computer Services), Best presented car at Scrutineering award, Special award for fastest 2WD through first 2 stages Hobcarton & Comb.
The next event is the Rallynuts Stages in April. A big thank you to Baz Jordan of Jordan Road Surfacing for loaning me the lovely avenger, the 2300 Club John Easson Award, Jondel Race Engines, Ex-Pressed steel panels, Kielder WT, Pirelli Tyres, revolution wheels and all the team for their continued support.”

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