Dave Weston Junior has taken second place points on the opening round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Bulldog International Rally North Wales.
The only problem Junior and his co-driver Ieuan Thomas reported throughout the entire 100 mile event was a puncture during the second run through Myherin. However, despite the puncture they were still second fastest through the stage.
"This is a great result for us and Ramsport, and a great follow up to the win we took on the Border Counties a week earlier," said Junior. "The car went like a dream and we were second fastest on three stages. This was only our third competitive outing in the car as well, so to finish second behind Keith Cronin who is the reigning British champion is a fantastic start to our BRC year.
"It was a shame the Super 2000 car did not finish as it would have been interesting to see how their times compared to everyone elses and it would have been good to have had Gwyndaf Evans there until the end to see his times too, but having seen what everyone is capable of on the Bulldog I think this will definitely be a very exciting year in the championship."
Junior and Thomas were joined on the podium by event winners Keith Cronin and Barry McNulty, and third placed Adam Gould and Craig Drew, who finished 26 seconds behind. And it was only after the finish ramp celebrations and media interviews that Junior revealed he had been feeling extremely ill throughout the event.
"That made finishing second even better," said Junior. "I'd felt ill all day, but didn't want to say anything as I didn't want anyone to worry, and I knew I was okay to keep driving.
"Now we're already thinking about the next round, but I may do another event before that as a warm up as my local rally, the Granite City, is just before the Pirelli International. It would be nice to support the local event, but the BRC is my priority for the year, so we'll make a decision on whether we can do both events nearer the time."
Junior's team-mates Darren Gass and Neil Shanks meanwhile brought their Subaru home sixth in the points, leaving Team Ramsport second overall in the teams' championship, just three points behind leaders TEG Sport with five rounds to go.
The next round of the BRC takes the team on to Carlisle as they line up to contest the Pirelli International Rally on 23/24 April.