Matt Cotton enjoyed a successful outing on last weekends Minehead based Somerset Stages, the third round of the 2009 BTRDA Rally Series, and enjoyed a relatively trouble free run to second in class, and also took a podium position in the MG Challenge as well.
Cotton, who was co-driven once again by Will Rogers in the Cannock Electrical and Mechanical supported MG ZR, was eager to avenge his retirement from the recent Malcolm Wilson Forest Stages and ended the opening stage of the rally, Timberscombe, tied fastest in class with team mate Jim Ward.
Whilst Jim's charge then faltered, Matt went quickest again on the next stage and looked set to dominate the class. However a dodgy gearbox, which kept jumping out of second gear, slowed Cotton and before the end of the rally the Chris Wright Competitions run MG ZR had dropped back to second in class 1.4L
“After the disappointment of the Malcolm Wilson Stages it's good to get back to the finish this weekend,” he said. “The weather was really bizarre all day; in one stage we had rain, hail and bright sunshine! The car was faultless, apart from the gearbox jumping out of second
“Now Will and I just need to find the budget to carry on with the series as, currently, the Plains Rally in three weeks time is looking iffy.”
By contrast to Matt, who currently lies third in the MG ZR Rally Challenge, the rest of the Chris Wright Competitions prepared MG's experienced fraught rallies. Whilst a mystery fuel problem claimed team leader Ward, and a broken driveshaft saw Dave Peters drop off the leaderboard, 'celebrity driver' Phil McVay was forced to retire with an incurable misfire. However Gary Wright brought his MG ZR home fourth in class.
by Geoff Mayes