David Higgins overcame broken ribs and a few mechanical issues to take a provisional runners-up spot on the International Rally Yorkshire last weekend.

Higgins, who went into the latest round in the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship leading the way, two points up on his brother Mark, finished third.

However post-event Guy Wilks was excluded from first place after a protest was received before the results went final. This moved David up to second, although with Mitsubishi set to challenge the ruling, the result will now remain provisional for up to two weeks while it is investigated by the MSA.

"At some points today we didn't think a podium finish would be in our reach at all," said David, who has an exclusive column on Crash.net. "We broke a driveshaft in the third stage of the rally, and after that we only had the ten minute remote service to work on the car.

"With that being so short and the service crew limited to two mechanics plus myself and Ieuan [Thomas - my co-driver], we did not have time to do as much as we would have liked to the car, so we drove the next three stages with the broken shaft."

As Higgins readied to return to the Pickering Showground for the main service of the day after driving those stages with the broken shaft, the FX Motor Sports crew were preparing to change the Subaru Impreza N14s gearbox when they arrived.

With the 2004 British Rally champion driving with a suspected broken rib, following an accident while sitting alongside a student at the family rally school, it was unusual to see him being forced to sit back in pain while the FX team performed a rapid gearbox change in front of a crowd of spectators.

"We have practised gearbox changes of course, but there's nothing quite like the team having to change the box under pressure during an event with everyone watching for the first time," he explained.

"The team did a fantastic job. We went back out and everything was going well until the last stage when we broke another shaft. But we were still third fastest through the stage."

Hugh Evans meanwhile took a top-ten finish in the sister TQ.com car on what was only his second visit to the Trackrod.



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