Irish brothers Ross and Arron Forde claimed second place in the penultimate round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup on the International Rally Yorkshire.
The Galway crew finished 21st overall and second in class R1 as well as being second in the single-make series, coming home 53.3 seconds behind winners Mark Gamble and Stephen Link in their Global Group Ireland and BCC Group-backed Suzuki Swift on the 110-mile Pickering-based gravel event.
Their day was not without problems, however. The pair battled through the first five stages without a clutch and had to bleed it at the end of every test whilst the suspension was set too high and soft for the fast dry loose surface.
They headed into the final test in third spot and despite it only being driver Ross' fifth time out on the gravel and the duo's first time competing together on International Rally Yorkshire, they managed to haul themselves up to finish second and earn some valuable points in the Swift Sport Cup.
“We were happy to get second as we had all the problems,” 24-year-old Ross said. “It took a while for me to get back up to speed on the gravel as I hadn't been out on it since April.
“Some of the stages were like tarmac they were so smooth and quick and I enjoyed every minute of the rally. Most importantly we got some more points in the Swift Cup so it keeps us in the frame to finish as runners-up in the series.”
The inaugural Suzuki Swift Sport Cup title was won by Gamble/Link on the event but the Fordes remain in line to finish second in the series. Ross also leads the Junior Swift Sport Cup standings with the winner getting a place in the Pirelli Star Driver Award and in with a chance to win a funded drive next year.