Mark Gamble survived atrocious road and weather conditions on last weekends Cumbrian based Malcolm Wilson Rally to finish second in class and a mighty impressive 31st overall in his JAM Motorsport prepared Peugeot 106 S1400.

The rally, which counts as the second round of the BTRDA Rally Series, and is based at M-Sport, the team that runs Ford Motor Company's World Rallying project saw a strong entry of cars in the 1400cc category and with ice and snow lining the sides of the stages Gamble and co-driver Mark Freeman knew that they would have to balance speed with caution.

The pair never ran outside the top five all day long and, after some mid day tweaks to the setup of the 106, Gamble was able to increase his pace in the afternoon. The only dramas were on stage six, Grizedale North, which was extremely rough and the car took quite a hammering.

After that, and with a comfortable cushion over his nearest rival Gamble opted to back off and cruise to the finish.

"What a rough rally," he admitted. "The grip was very changeable in the morning as the ice was melting and made it very slippery, and then it rained in the afternoon. As for Grizedale, well that stage looked like a bomb site! It was really rough and we ended up bending both a rear beam and our steering in there."

This result now moves Mark Gamble into third overall in the Millers Oil BTRDA 1400cc rally series whilst co-driver Mark Freeman sits in second position in the co-drivers championship.

Gamble will next be out in action on the forthcoming International Bulldog Rally of Wales and an announcement will be made shortly on his plans for the British Rally Championship.

by Geoff Mayes