This good start was unfortunately not repeated, and although a 6R4 was entered in rallies at Monte Carlo , Sweden , Portugal and Corsica during the season, none of the Metros managed to complete a course. All profits from the book are donated to Parkinsons uk, a disorder that Alistair suffers with himself. But it all went wrong for Lovell on the fourth stage when a tightening lefthander caught out the Ford and sent it rolling into the trees. Grundel was quickest over the Loton Park stage and managed to move ahead of Wood for third, a small consolation prize for the likeable Swede whose outgoing sense of humour is a perfect balance to the reticence of his more senior team mate. Alistair makes you feel like your inside the metro with his stories from each rally during their championship campaign. Tony Pond testing the prototype of the new rally car
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From that point on, the 6R4 was always going to be limited in front line competition, although they were run with limited success for the remainder of the year. The odds were stacked high against him. Meanwhile, others were in difficulty.
In the past he has been his own worst enemy, seemingly unable to string together any sort of consistency, even though he was undeniably quick. Dougie Watson-Clark also found his way into a ditch while Robin Phillips destroyed his Golf in a barrel roll early in the day on a bad bump.
Halfway during the season, Group B was banned following a series of fatal crashes in which both competitors and spectators lost their lives. Once into the forest, however, and the attention turned to the battle for the lead.
Andrew Wood shook his head in disbelief when he saw that, despite his efforts, Sutherland had forced his way past on that penultimate stage. The first idea of the front-engined V8 rear-wheel drive car was rejected and they chose the mid-engined V6 four-wheel-drive concept.
The Mazda had been quietly impressive up to now and arrived at the tricky corner in perfect balance. All through the season they have battled tooth and nail for the title and no-one was taking bets on the outcome. Despite the expiry of the 6R4’s homologation the MSA still allow the cars to run in competition although engine sizes have been limited to cc single plenum engines and cc multi-plenum engines. The book is available by contacting Alistair Sutherland – This email address is being protected from spambots.
Coates Hire Newcastle Grundel was still having a miserable time.
The team also wanted to know if they had got their sums right before the project was mothballed! That short, 2 mile, blast saw Ford’s trio take command, Blomqvist carefully threading his way to a one second advantage over Grundel and Lovell, tied for second place.
With the Lombard RAC Rally approaching, the raply roads were an ideal place to compare his performance against Boreham’s regular World Championship pairing.
He was now comfortably in front, 25secs clear of Blomqvist and 29 up on Grundel. All that the team was now waiting for was to get their hands on the new engine. Made for you by Snaplap. Suddenly, Lovell came alive, the Ford charging hard into wutherland corner in the most awesome display ever from the new Sitherland Champion.
Retrieved from ” https: Enormous power with a four-wheel-drive traction was a brilliant combination, but the transmission also brought other advantages in grip, stability and braking.
The idea of a high-performance rally car from British Leyland Motorsport was born inafter its previous rally car Triumph TR7 V8 was retired. This page was last edited on 8 Januaryat Grundel nearly overshot for the second time in the rally but had the car in reverse before it had stopped going forwards and was quickly away, while the arrows fell victim to Brown’s Metro, destined sutberland only its third finish of the season.
External links [ edit ] World Rally Archive: Grundel was quickest over the Loton Park stage and managed to move ahead of Wood for third, a small consolation prize for the likeable Swede whose outgoing sense of humour is a perfect balance to the reticence of his more senior team mate. I have to admit I am not someone who reads a book, but this is just a fascinating account of how a clubman rally team win a major rally championship in alistajr UK. And, with the Fords over half a minute clear of the rest after three stages, there were three events going on.
Sutherlnd the book makes you realise all the highs and lows that a clubman rally team face when trying to win a major rally championship. InWilliams GP Engineering was chosen as the partner for the developing of the new car. At its launch inRover announced that it would complete the necessary number of cars required for homologation by November of that year.
The majority alistiar these problems were related to the V6 powerplant which suffered teething issues. All profits from the book are donated to Parkinsons uk, a disorder that Alistair suffers with himself.
It is really nice to read stories from Peter Watts in the co-driver seat too, giving you an insight to the all important role a co-driver plays in rallying.