David Bogie was left to work on development of the new JR Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo X on the Isle of Man after early problems cost him valuable time on the latest round of the British Rally Championship.
Bogie and co-driver Kevin Rae started well, but then lost over 20 minutes when he went off the road and got the car wedged between two Manx banks on the fourth of the event's 20 stages.
However, with the opportunity to challenge for the lead over and the pressure of competition removed, the pair continued for the remainder of the event and were able to gather invaluable technical data for the new Evo X.
Making it to the finish also allowed the JR Motorsports squad to retain second in the teams' championship standings.
“It wasn't the weekend I was hoping for, but at least the car is in one piece and we were able to drive the whole event, which is great experience,” Bogie said. “I was happy with the times we were setting, even though I was taking it easy. We'll therefore go to Ulster with a well set-up car and the confidence to know I'll be able to push right from the start.
“Also, with the way the BRC points are structured, there's a still a chance to get into the top three of the Driver's Championship before the end of the season.”