Roger Duckworth and Mark Broomfield suffered disappointment at the start of last weekend’s Rally GB National, when the engine of their Subaru Impreza WRC blew on the opening stage of the event, writes James Beckett.
Recent winners of Poole’s Rallye Sunseeker, the duo from Whittlebury and Blakesley had high hopes for the three-day national section of Rally GB - an event forming the final round of the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship.
Broomfield said: “It was such a shame. We started the rally but halfway through the opening stage in Hafren Forest the car began to show signs of a problem. We finished the stage but the engine damage was too bad and we were unable to continue, so we packed up and went home.”
Despite huge crowds visiting the Welsh forests to watch the rally, the organisation of the rally was plagued with problems due to a computer system’s failure to hold vital timing results. With special stage times unavailable, it was was feared that the rally might have to be cancelled.
However, a back-up system allowed the event to continue, although the results of both the National 3-day and National 2-day events are still not known.
Last year’s World Rally champions, Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, won the event overall in their Volkswagen Polo R WRC.