All a good experience for local rally driver

Craig Wallace Manx Rally.
Craig Wallace Manx Rally.

Kirriemuir electrician Craig Wallace has increased his already extensive rallying experience by taking part in the Manx Rally.

Having focused on gravel rallying for so long, the opportunity to compete in the REIS British Asphalt Championship gave Craig the opportunity to enter the event - something that he had always hoped to do.

Never having been to the Isle of Man before the pre-event recce of the stages became even more critical. This meant recceing all the stages very thoroughly with driver Jim Sharp from Stranraer.

Leg one on Friday night consisted of eight stages all in the east of the island, Glen Roy, Maugold and Ramsey Promenade twice, then a service back in Douglas.

There were no issues to contend with other than regular checks, refuel and fitting the lamp pod so it was reasonably relaxed.

After service they headed off into the night for the first run through Ballure then a revisit to Glen Roy and Maugauld with a final rerun of the Ballure stage to bring Leg One to a close in the service area in Douglas.

Craig said: “Our position wasn’t great. We still have work to do on this Mitsubishi Evo 9 as it has a number of new developments that still need final tweaking.”

For Leg two the next day there was so much distance to cover includinganother 12 stages.

Immediately their times started to improve and at the second service they were only a few seconds off their seeding. All was well and heading off to Stage 17 the plan was to push to rise above the start seeding.

Unfortunately at the beginning of the stage a fault with the car’s fuel pump saw them go over the maximum lateness and the rally was over.