Evans wins Pirelli Rally 2010
Date published : 26 Apr 2010 - 10:30:57
The sting in the tail of the Pirelli International Rally, the second round of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, promoted Gwyndaf Evans and Chris Patterson to the top step of the podium in their JRM-run Mitsubishi Evo X, Evans’ first win on the event since 1998 when he was victorious in a two wheel drive Ibiza.
The final stage of event proved disastrous for the reigning champions Keith Cronin and Barry McNulty who stopped 200 yards from the end of the finish boards, having led the event from the first stage on Friday. The Pirelli TEG Sport car ground to a halt as a result of damage to the wiring loom caused by a flailing puncture.
Craig Breen and Gareth Roberts also dropped time in the final stage with a puncture on their Fiesta S2000, having taken a string of fastest stage times and closed to within 4.7 seconds of Evans. The Irishman dropped over two and a half minutes, but maintained a podium place, albeit third behind the astonished Jonny Greer and Dai Roberts.
Greer’s event has been pretty uneventful apart from losing a tooth from fifth gear on Friday night, proving that a consistent and tidy approach pays dividends in the end. With the gearbox replaced the young Northern Irish driver’s approach not only gave him his best ever BRC result, but also puts him at the top of the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship and as an added bonus also heads the Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge UK.
An excellent fourth place by Daniel Sigurðarson and sister Ásta Sigurðardóttir means that JR Motorsports leapfrog both Pirelli TEG Sport and Ramsport to lead the Dulux Trade MSA British Teams’ Rally Championship