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Steve_Brown_PR6_15InActionRochdale’s Steve Brown made the journey across the Irish Sea last weekend in the hope of further increasing his lead the B9 class of the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, tackling the third round of the series, the ALMC Stages.  But the 27 year old was forced out of the event after just the second stage with driveshaft failure on his newly built Nissan Micra Kit Car.

With regular co-driver Paul Stringer alongside, Brown headed to Trim just outside of Dublin with just a four point lead in the championship and cited a strong result across the closed public Irish roads as they head into the second half of the season.  Over 120 miles of special stages were ahead and thanks to being spread across just nine stages, would mean that every stage would be as important as the last.

The weather would prove to be unsettled and a huge downpour as crews lined up to tackle the first stage of the day added to the challenge. Conditions would now be treacherous across the bumpy Irish lanes. Heading into the event, Brown was fearful of his underpowered Micra loosing too much ground to his rivals but if that was the case, it didn’t show. Emerging from the 13 mile opening test, Brown topped the timesheets and opened up an impressive 13 second lead in the slippery conditions.

But the second test would prove the last as driveshaft failure partway through the stage meant they could go no further and retired on the spot.  “It was really disappointing to have retired so early in the event, especially after our first stage time” said Brown.  “We had a good pre-event recce and the car felt really good, even in the wet and I’m sure we could have continued that pace throughout the day and stayed in the lead.  I do have to remember the car is just a few events old and there is bound to be teething troubles. We have only a few weeks until the Tyneside Stages which is the next round so we will be trying harder than ever to get those lost points back.”

Brown is supported in 2015 by Questmead Ltd, Mintex, Fuchs Titan, PIAA, 710 oils, Power Maxed and SIX80 Limited.

Image courtesy of Seán Ó Laighnigh

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