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A measured drive on the Manx Rally means that Simon Mauger still leads the REIS MSA National Championship, after what was a very challenging two days of rallying on the famous roads on the Isle of Man. It was Simon’s first visit to the Manx Rally since 2008 and the bumpy, technical roads were to be a massive challenge for the Metro 4M4 as well as for Simon and Co – Driver Jon Hawkins.Mauger Manx15

It was a wet start for Friday’s first leg of the rally making conditions particularly difficult, but Simon and Jon made a sensible start to run inside the top ten overall during the first loop of stages. The next loop of stages saw the crew move up to 7th overall, however for the last stage of the night (which was the longest stage of the rally at 17 miles) the map light stopped working, forcing Jon to resort to a head torch! This resulted in the crew losing time and dropped them down to 8th overall.

The second leg on Saturday morning started damp but dried up and Simon and Jon felt much more comfortable with the notes and started to climb up the leader board, until the last stage of the day a front drive shaft broke forcing them to crawl through the last 3 miles. Despite this they still managed to finish 7th overall and 4th registered REIS National Asphalt Rally Championship crew.

Simon is now level on National Championship points with Damian Cole, but with Cole only managing second on the Manx, Simon still leads the Championship due to his round one win at Epynt.

“We are pleased with the result” said Simon “we did what we came here to do, which was to finish the event and continue to learn the car and improve the set up. Jon and I are still new as a team so we will improve the more time we spend in the car together. We knew that the Manx would be our weakest event so to come away still leading the championship is good and rewards all the hard work the team has put in. Thank you to Dennis Marshal for supplying and running the car”.

Image supplied by Major Motorsport

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