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The Woodpecker 2013

Posted by on September 1, 2013

After having a great time on this event in 2010 I was keen to compete in it again. As we had some gravel tyres in stock we decided it was as good an excuse as any to put in an entry. Scrutineering and noise control were completed without incident and we were eager for the first stage in Hopton. Low sun and lots of dust made visibility difficult, but we managed a good first stage time. Radnor was slippery and narrow, but I enjoyed the sections through the woodland tracks and we were getting into the event nicely. Two miles into stage 3, on the exit of a right hand hairpin the clutch in the 205 broke and that was the end of our event. We knew we were in for a long wait before being towed out of the stage so we made good use of time by constructing a viewing area on the inside of the hairpin (to escape the massive dust clouds thrown up each time a car went by) and watched the rest of the 1400’s and the main rally go through the stage. I was particularly excited to see Steve Perez’s Stratos and a 6R4 go past. Eventually a tow vehicle rescued us and took us out of the stage. Although we didn’t get to finish the event it was still a fun day out. Now we have an excuse to compete again next year…

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