Wakefield Motor Club brothers Ian and Robert Barrett tasted success on last weekend's Bulldog Rally in their Clothingteam.com/Kumho Tyres backed cars, returning to Yorkshire with a brace of awards after a pair of fine results.

Elder brother Ian finished 20th overall and fifth in the well subscribed N4 class in his Subaru Impreza, scooping the National Junior Driver award as well. Meanwhile younger brother Rob finished a superb 22nd overall and second in class on the 'clubmans' section of the rally - run over six of the main events eight stages - his first ever forest rally, and only his third ever event.

Ian and co-driver Dave Hammond had a relatively trouble free event, with only a minor spin on stage three robbing them of any time. Once again the Subaru ran superbly over the 75 demanding miles, with the team from Geoff Jones Motorsport carrying out only routine maintenance throughout the day.

"It wasn't a bad run at all," said Ian at the Shrewsbury finish. "The car ran well throughout and we only had one minor drama! I feel we could have had a bit better result today, I'm confident there's more time to come out of me and the car, but at the end of the day, a top twenty and the Junior award aren't too bad on such a high profile event."

In contrast to his brother's reserved account of the day, seventeen year old Robert Barrett was delighted with his second in class. Like his elder brother, Rob and co-driver Gavin Wright had few troubles throughout the day, with their Nissan Micra only needing fuel and oil at the service halts.

Indeed, his pace was comparable to the 1300 runners in the main event, and the maturity he showed in not putting a mark on the car on his first forest event bodes well for his obviously bright future.

"We're well chuffed with that," Rob said at the finish. "It's been my dream to rally in the forests since I was small, and to achieve that today, and take second in class as well is just superb. I can't wait to get out again."

It seems likely Rob will get his wish as the team try to secure him a late entry on the Cambrian Rally, the final round of the BTRDA Rally series. Ian is already confirmed as an entrant, and will take his regular Subaru Impreza to North Wales to pit himself against the BTRDA regulars.

Picture credit: Simon Clarke - http://www.sc-photography.co.uk

 

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