London to Cape Town World Cup Rally 2012
The Long Way Down - Against the Clock
The Route from Dover
DOVER, UK - JANUARY 2ND, 2012
Mud and Slime - First Day Action …
A hectic start to the rally tonight has produced a few surprises.
The results at Dover highlight strong performances for the smaller cars in the event, with Owen Turner and Matt Fowle in their 1600cc MG ZR emerging from wet, muddy and slippery lanes on the North Downs of Kent plus two off-road forest sections as overall rally leaders. They now cross to France with a grip of over five minutes ahead of the field.
Second place overall is the 1600cc MG Maestro of Jane Edgington and Gill Cotton, 30 seconds ahead of the big 4x4 Toyota Hilux of Andy Actman and Andy Elcomb, with the Subaru Impreza of Steve Blunt and Bob Duck a further 30 seconds behind, and Renger Gulliker BMW in 5th. A good effort by Rachel Vestey and Suzy Harvey puts another small car into the top ten, ending the night in 9th place with their MG ZR. The Volvo of Car 1 Richard Atherton and Rob Henchoz is in 10th spot.
Second fastest car in the two forest sections was the Belgian Porsche 911 of Joost Van Cauwenberge & Jacques Castelein, who then found the navigation from maps was enough to slip down the leader board.
Saddest news of the night was the demise of the Triumph 2.5 of Chris Butcher and Sean Moriarty who fell off the road breaking the steering against a tree stump. They were then bumped by Andy Actman’s Toyota who found nowhere else to go when another crew stopped on the track to check the Triumph crew. Without the required parts the Triumph had to be recoverd by transporter. Actman's Toyota has a few marks on the front bumper.
The rain fell heavily in the afternoon leaving the lanes awash with mud and slime, and the forests were particularly slippery.