Lee Robson’s campaign in the Daybreaker Rally, run in the Manawatu over the weekend, was hindered before any competitive driving took place when a fuel pump problem halted his progress before the very first special stage.
After a strong start to the season with a first and a second in class at the opening two rounds of the Rally Xtreme series, Robson was confident of a strong result, however it was not to be when the Mitsubishi Evo 4 ground to a halt some 10km into the first touring stage of the rally.
But after making repairs in record time, Robson and co-driver Glenn Goldring were able to re-join for the afternoon and compete for bonus points on the power stage, where they set the second fastest time in XT1 class and seventh overall on what was effectively their first stage of the event.
A consistent afternoon showed good pace, including catching experienced New Caledonian driver Jean-Louis Leyraud on the daunting Ridge Road stage, although the damage was done earlier in the day and Robson lost his lead in the XT1 class after three rounds, now nine points behind rival Nigel Adams.
“It was a real bummer, the fuel pump itself was fine but it fell out of the cradle it sits in and we were out before we begun rally,” said Robson. “However there were certainly some positives to take from the weekend, everything went really well in the car once we re-joined which is encouraging heading to Paihia.”
As well as slipping to second in the XT1 class, the DNF has seen Robson slip from fourth to ninth in the overall standings heading to the Tanoa Paihia Hotel Rally of the North, taking place on August 17.
Press Release by BB Media