Mull Rally 2014

15/10/2014

Louise Thomas succeeds in raising £££ for Marie Curie

15/10/2014

Mull Rally 2014 Report

15/10/2014
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10689555_879932672018951_8247526447737933775_nThe 2014 Mull Rally was met with much anticipation from the team at Mini Sport, knowing that we had competitive cars and very capable drivers. In fact, after a run of bad luck over the last few years, everyone was hopeful that 2002 winner Daniel Harper would be able to finish amongst the front runners once again and possibly even claim a podium spot.

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The Mini Sport Rally Team arrived on Mull to what was quite miserable weather.. It looked like it was going to be a slippy rally!

Stage 1 was Calgary Bay and it didn’t go as well as well as we hoped for. It all seemed to go wrong straight away with Daniel finishing the first stage nearly 3 minutes off the pace set by James MacGillivary. He later explained after the stage: “We broke the exhaust just half a mile into the stage. Not the start we wanted… Conditions are terrible.” However the other Mini Sport members got off to a clean if unextraordinary start with John Cressey finishing the stage in 35th, Martin Page in equal 46th, plus Louise Thomas in her first Mull Rally and fundraising for Marie Curie finishing in 119th.

Having fixed the exhaust Daniel battled on and did the best he could in the slippery conditions, making his way through the field to finish the day in 17th. John and Louise improved slightly too, moving up to 30th and 114th respectively, however Martin finished the day in 99th, having slid down the leaderboard due to a fuelling issue that resulted in him missing rounds 4 to 6 and picking up maximum times.

10271586_879932578685627_1011451335056830702_nDay 2 and all the team were hoping for both better weather and better results. Well.. the weather certainly improved, but Louise never made it off the start line the next morning having encountered mechanical issues and Daniel’s Mini Cooper S didn’t fare much better having picked up a miss-fire. This saw Daniel finish down in 44th on the first stage, Ardtun, in the morning. The problem progressively worsened throughout the day, eventually leading to Daniel retiring and missing stages 10 through to 15, completely wrecking any chance of a top ten result with maximum stage times for yet another Mini Sport driver.

On a more positive note John Cressey was still going steadily and gained a further 2 places across the course of the day, up to 24th. Martin Page was also back and finish the day having progressed up to 57th place, after resolving the fuelling issue.

10372783_879932118685673_2684320171115883929_nThe final day saw just three stages in the morning: Gribun 2, Scridain 2 and the long final stretch home, the Loch Tauth/Calgary Bay Stage.  Daniel was back in top form having replaced the intercooler that was causing the miss-fire issue and finished the last three stages in 4th, 5th and 4th. A good end to what was ultimately a disappointing Mull Rally for him, finishing 51st overall. John Cressey maintained his form and plodded on into the top 20, finishing in a respectable 17th position whilst Martin Page did enough to stay in front of the resurgent Daniel Harper and move up 8 places to 49th overall.

This years rally was certainly tough and with the poor weather and many retirees, congratulations must go to Callum Duffy who eventually won the event, for what was the 8th time, in his Mk2 Ford Escort.

Although this years rally didn’t go exactly as hoped for the Mini Sport team and frustrations were high, lessons were learn’t and ultimately a good time was had by all. The event was a great spectacle and was host to some amazing rallying. With over 130 cars competing over the course of just one weekend thanks must go out to all the organiser, officials, marshals, spectators, islanders and drivers who make the event what it is. Here at Mini Sport we certainly rate the Mull Rally highly and are already looking forward to next years event.

Images are courtesy of Chicane Media

Here are the top ten for you plus all the stage times for the Mini Sport team:

 

TOP 10

Pos No. Driver/Co-Driver Vehicle Class Class Pos Stage
Time
Pen Total
Time
Diff
(Prev)
1 2 CALUM DUFFY
IAIN DUFFY
FORD ESCORT MK2 D 1 2:28:32 2:28:32 **:**
(**:**)
2 11 TRISTAN PYE
ANDREW FALCONER
SUBARU IMPREZA D 2 2:30:27 2:30:27 +1:55
(+1:55)
3 6 JOHN COPE
CLIVE MOLYNEUX
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC D 3 2:38:37 2:38:37 +10:05
(+8:10)
4 23 RICHARD COOK
EDWIN COOK
SUBARU IMPREZA D 4 2:39:22 0:20 2:39:42 +11:10
(+1:05)
5 25 BILLY BIRD
PLUG PULLEYN
VAUXHALL CHEVETTE D 5 2:39:50 2:39:50 +11:18
(+0:08)
6 24 SHAUN SINCLAIR
CHRIS HAMILL
MITSUBISHI EVO 8 D 6 2:39:56 2:39:56 +11:24
(+0:06)
7 82 FERGUS BARLOW
ALASTAIR MACCRONE
FORD FIESTA R2 B 1 2:40:39 2:40:39 +12:07
(+0:43)
8 26 CHRIS HAIGH
SALLY PEACOCK
FORD ESCORT C 1 2:40:48 1:00 2:41:48 +13:16
(+1:09)
9 40 IAN CHADWICK
JOHNNIE BOULD
SKODA FABIA R2 B 2 2:42:12 2:42:12 +13:40
(+0:24)
10 34 JOHN RINTOUL
NICK RINTOUL
HYUNDAI ACCENT WRC D 7 2:42:28 2:42:28 +13:56
(+0:16

 

8 – DANIEL HARPER – BMW MINI COOPER S

No. Special Stage Name Length Stage Time Stage Pos Total Time Overall Pos
1 CALGARY BAY 10.90 14:34 82 14:34 82
2 LOCH TUATH 10.35 9:56 6 24:30 39=
3 GLEN AROS 9.47 7:43 6 32:13 24
4 GRIBUN ROCKS 1 7.57 7:39 5 39:52 22
5 SCRIDAIN 1 4.31 4:17 8 44:09 19
6 HILL ROAD / ACHNADRISH 10.84 13:05 15 57:14 17
7 ARDTUN 2.59 2:57 44 1:00:11 17
8 LOCH KINLOCH 4.63 4:49 64 1:05:00 19
9 KNOCK 7.57 8:08 69 1:13:08 23
10 MISHNISH LOCHS 1 6.30 11:24 98 1:24:32 40
11 PENMORE 1 6.35 10:43 96 1:35:15 57
12 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 1 7.86 13:24 90 1:48:39 71
13 MISHNISH LOCHS 2 6.30 11:23 90 2:00:02 76
14 PENMORE 2 6.35 10:41 90 2:10:43 80
15 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 2 7.86 13:25 87 2:24:08 80
16 TOBERMORY .89 1:20 13 2:25:28 75
17 TOBERMORY / MISHNISH LOCHS 7.33 8:26 7 2:33:54 70
18 GRIBUN 2 7.57 7:23 4 2:41:17 63
19 SCRIDAIN 2 4.31 4:05 5 2:45:22 62
20 LOCH TUATH / CALGARY BAY 22.53 23:34 4 3:08:56 51

 

15 – JOHN CRESSEY – BMW MINI COOPER S

No. Special Stage Name Length Stage Time Stage Pos Total Time Overall Pos
1 CALGARY BAY 10.90 13:07 35 13:07 35
2 LOCH TUATH 10.35 10:38 20 23:45 26
3 GLEN AROS 9.47 8:53 37 32:38 30
4 GRIBUN ROCKS 1 7.57 8:18 32 40:56 30
5 SCRIDAIN 1 4.31 4:38 35 45:34 30
6 HILL ROAD / ACHNADRISH 10.84 13:25 25 58:59 26
7 ARDTUN 2.59 2:59 51 1:01:58 26
8 LOCH KINLOCH 4.63 4:32 42 1:06:30 27
9 KNOCK 7.57 7:22 33 1:13:52 28
10 MISHNISH LOCHS 1 6.30 6:58 28 1:20:50 25
11 PENMORE 1 6.35 6:17 27 1:27:07 25
12 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 1 7.86 9:15 27 1:36:22 24
13 MISHNISH LOCHS 2 6.30 6:59 27 1:43:21 24
14 PENMORE 2 6.35 6:16 27 1:49:37 24
15 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 2 7.86 9:14 27 1:58:51 24
16 TOBERMORY .89 1:23 25 2:00:14 23
17 TOBERMORY / MISHNISH LOCHS 7.33 8:54 26 2:09:08 24
18 GRIBUN 2 7.57 8:06 21 2:17:14 22
19 SCRIDAIN 2 4.31 4:28 27 2:21:42 22
20 LOCH TUATH / CALGARY BAY 22.53 24:29 12 2:46:11 17

 

63 – MARTIN PAGE – BMW MINI COOPER S

No. Special Stage Name Length Stage Time Stage Pos Total Time Overall Pos
1 CALGARY BAY 10.90 13:32 46 13:32 46=
2 LOCH TUATH 10.35 11:23 47 24:55 47
3 GLEN AROS 9.47 9:12 45= 34:07 47
4 GRIBUN ROCKS 1 7.57 12:10 110= 46:17 79
5 SCRIDAIN 1 4.31 8:59 111= 55:16 100
6 HILL ROAD / ACHNADRISH 10.84 16:58 104= 1:12:14 99
7 ARDTUN 2.59 3:05 63= 1:15:19 91
8 LOCH KINLOCH 4.63 4:48 62 1:20:07 90
9 KNOCK 7.57 7:55 57 1:28:02 89
10 MISHNISH LOCHS 1 6.30 7:18 50 1:35:20 82
11 PENMORE 1 6.35 6:41 48 1:42:01 80
12 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 1 7.86 9:47 50 1:51:48 78
13 MISHNISH LOCHS 2 6.30 7:16 42 1:59:04 71
14 PENMORE 2 6.35 6:35 42 2:05:39 68
15 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 2 7.86 9:40 44 2:15:19 66
16 TOBERMORY .89 1:27 39 2:16:46 61
17 TOBERMORY / MISHNISH LOCHS 7.33 9:11 37 2:25:57 57
18 GRIBUN 2 7.57 8:53 46 2:34:50 55
19 SCRIDAIN 2 4.31 4:40 40 2:39:30 55
20 LOCH TUATH / CALGARY BAY 22.53 27:39 44 3:07:09 49

 

140 – LOUISE THOMAS – ROVER MINI

RETIRED – TC 8 LOCH KINLOCH (ARRIVAL CONTROL) MECHANICAL

No. Special Stage Name Length Stage Time Stage Pos Total Time Overall Pos
No. Special Stage Name Length Stage
Time
Stage
Pos
Total
Time
Overall
Pos
1 CALGARY BAY 10.90 16:52 119 16:52 119
2 LOCH TUATH 10.35 15:09 122 32:01 120
3 GLEN AROS 9.47 9:12 110= 41:13 116
4 GRIBUN ROCKS 1 7.57 17:00 120= 58:13 118
5 SCRIDAIN 1 4.31 6:19 106 1:04:32 116
6 HILL ROAD / ACHNADRISH 10.84 17:05 107 1:21:37 114
7 ARDTUN 2.59 3:50 110 1:25:27 107
8 LOCH KINLOCH 4.63
9 KNOCK 7.57
10 MISHNISH LOCHS 1 6.30
11 PENMORE 1 6.35
12 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 1 7.86
13 MISHNISH LOCHS 2 6.30
14 PENMORE 2 6.35
15 ENSAY / HILL ROAD 2 7.86
16 TOBERMORY .89
17 TOBERMORY / MISHNISH LOCHS 7.33
18 GRIBUN 2 7.57
19 SCRIDAIN 2 4.31
20 LOCH TUATH / CALGARY BAY 22.53