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Morgan McDonnell Architect Races In Jim Clark Reivers Rally

Posted on July 8, 2013 by admin

Morgan McDonnell Architect Gavin Lloyd took part in this year’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally. This is how he got on….

After 2 years away from the sport, I decided to enter this year’s Jim Clark Reivers rally at the start of June. The Jim Clark rally weekend is arguably one of the most prestigious British event and the only one in mainland Britain to be run over closed public roads. With the exception of Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship, The Jim Clark weekend attracts the greatest number of spectators of any UK rally. This year’s Reivers rally covered 126 miles, 56 of which were on closed road special stages, timed to the second.

With a new Navigator beside me (Kirsten had never even sat in a rally car before, let alone read pace notes) and Morgan McDonnell decals proudly displayed, we headed into the first 2 stages with a steady start to the day in mind. Therefore it was nice to catch and pass cars on both of these early stages. The sumpguard worked loose after a couple of heavy landings and a few new rattles and vibrations appeared, but we returned to midday service where the service crew did a sterling job.

The afternoon consisted of a loop of 3 stages, each run twice, including a short spectator stage at Langton. We will still hampered slightly by intermittent intercom problems, however Kirsten did an impeccable job on the notes. Apart from a small indiscretion at the Langton water splash (in front of possibly the biggest single congregation of spectators on the event) where we spun and hit a bank, the afternoon went well. Our steady approach gradually turned to flat out everywhere, and over the last 2 stages I don’t reckon I have ever driven quicker. The final stage saw us take a massive 21 second off our time over the same stage earlier.

We finished 47th overall from an entry of 120 cars, and 4th in our class, which is a tremendous result particularly after a 2 year absence. The next event is over the military ranges in September, where the roads are narrower and the jumps are higher!