After the disappointment of last weekend in the Micra, this weekend was all about the MGZR.
The first event was a targa rally at Debden airfield. The tests are Debden are all quite short, but the mixture of surfaces makes for a good fun day. The lead up to the event had been a bit wet, so in places there was a lot of standing water, and a few muddy sections. The ZR is now fully guarded under the car, so this would allow me to attack a little harder on the rougher sections of the venue.
For once I was the second driver, which allowed me to see the tests as I was navving for Antons in his 206. The tests were the same as last year, which made my navving a bit easier. By the end of the first set of tests I was leading overall., the positions were still the same at lunch after a second attempt at the tests, but with a reduced lead.
After lunch the tests were changed, and the running order changed meaning I was first out this time. The tests were similar but a few sneaky changes made the running order advantage in the morning a bit more even. By the end of the 3rd run of tests we had dropped to second overall, by just 8 seconds. Going into the final run of tests, I probably got too worked up and tried a bit too hard. Moving a cone on the first test wasn’t a good start, and I over drove the car a few points. In the end I finished up 13 seconds off the win. This was still a pleasing result in what is essentially still a pretty standard car on an event where having an LSD would be a real advantage..
Then it was off to Brands Hatch in a rather muddy car for an autosolo. I had seen before that they run one of their tests in the rally school part of the venue which looked good fun.
However the day didn’t start well with me getting a wrong route on the first paddock test. This meant the next two runs had to be a bit conservative to ensure I went the right way, but this did mean I dropped some time.
After this I was back into the sort of times I would hope to be achieving in the car. The tests were fun (especially) the rally school test, which you can see below. By the end of the day I finished up 12th overall and 5th in class.