Jim Clark International Rally - 28th/29th May 2010
Pirell TEG Sport driver Keith Cronin got his 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship back on course with a battling podium placing on this weekend's Jim Clark International Rally.
Driving the TEG Sport prepared and Pirelli sponsored Subaru Impreza N15, along with co driver Barry McNulty, the defending British Rally Champion set the pace during last night's stages on the closed public roads around Duns and led early on before a clash with an unforgiving bank dropped him time but he still ended the leg in second place overall.
Despite an unfavourable weather forecast today, the roads remained mainly dry and the 23-year-old Irishman pushed hard in the early stages to hang on to his second position but after puncturing he dropped to fourth overall.
Mindful that he needed to score points after his unfortunate non finish on the previous round, Cronin mixed speed with caution and was rewarded with a third place finish at the Duns finish ramp this evening.
"It's been a tough event for us. We started very well but it went a bit downhill after we dropped some time today because of the puncture problem but I'm very pleased to get on the podium and score important points after missing out on the Pirelli Rally. I'm looking forward to the Manx International where we'll be trying hard for the win." said Cronin.
There was disappointment for Euan Thorburn and co driver Paul Beaton who failed to make the start of their local event in their TEG Sport Subaru.
Thorburn, from Duns, was hoping to make an impression on his local event but suffered a misfire on the shakedown stage yesterday and didn't make the start as a result.
However he will be hoping to make amends in tomorrow's Reivers Rally where he and Beaton start as one of the favourites.
Stuart Newby - TEG Sport Team Principal: "It was very important for Keith and Barry to be on the podium today and they achieved that. Third place isn't where we want to be but considering the luck we've had recently we'll take that, and it means we've scored important points in both the drivers' and the teams' championships to put us back in contention. I feel desperately sorry for Euan and Paul, their luck goes from bad to worse and I also feel for the team who spilled blood in getting the car ready after their Manx roll. Hopefully he can bounce back with a win tomorrow and put a smile back on the team's faces."
After three rounds of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, Cronin holds sixth in the series with Thorburn, despite his non finish, retaining eleventh position in the series.
The next round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship is the Manx International Rally on 9/10th July.
1, Gwyndaf Evans/Chris Patterson, Mitsubishi Evo X, 1:54:33.5
2, Alastair Fisher/Rory Kennedy, Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1:55:04.6
3, Keith Cronin/Barry McNulty, Subaru Impreza N15, 1:56:20.1
4, Jonathan Greer/Dai Roberts, Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1:57:17.7
5, Jason Pritchard/Robbie Durant, Subaru Impreza, 1:57:32.5
6, Adam Gould/Dave Robson, Subaru Impreza N11, 1:57:59.4
7, Daniel Sigurdoarson/Asta Siguroadottir, Mitsubishi Evo X, 2:00:57.0
8, Dave Weston Jnr/Ieuan Thomas, Subaru Impreza N16, 2:01:37.0
9, Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly, Citroen C2R2 Max, 2:02:09.1
10, Alan Cookson/Julian Wilkinson, Subaru Impreza N15, 2:02:54.0
Provisional Championship Positions (after round 3)
1, Jonathan Greer 47 points
2, Gwyndaf Evans 40 points
3, Jason Pritchard 39 points
4=, Daniel Sigurdoarson 38 points
4=, Adam Gould 38 points
6, Keith Cronin 36 points
2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship
27 March - Bulldog International Rally North Wales - Welshpool, Powys
23/24 April - Pirelli International Rally - Carlisle, Cumbria
28/29 May - Jim Clark International Rally - Duns, Scottish Borders
9/10 July - Isle of Man International Rally - Douglas, Isle of Man
20/21 August - International Rally NI - Antrim, Northern Ireland
24/25 September - International Rally Yorkshire - North Yorkshire
Awards Ceremony - Saturday 30th October 2010
Picture attached courtesy of Ian Hardy