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Prestone MSA British Rally Championship contender David White suffered a catalogue of misfortune at last weekend’s Pirelli International Rally, failing to finish the Carlisle based event.

After picking up a solid haul of points at the opening round in March, White with co-driving son Mathew alongside were aiming to complete the notorious event in the Kielder forest to take the lead of the BRC4 class.  But disaster struck the pairing on both days of the 100 mile event, meaning the duo would leave the Northumberland forests with a zero score.

White, from Barnsley is tackling all events in the British Championship for the first time and has needed to adapt quickly to the front wheel drive machine after several seasons behind the wheel of a four wheel drive Subaru. With the pre-event shakedown on Friday going well, White was in a confident mood heading into the weekend.

The event consisted of a loop of four stages making up the event’s 50 miles, repeated again on Sunday. The ten-mile Whitesike test would open proceedings on Saturday morning.

But just two miles into the stage, the Fiesta ground to a halt with a loss of drive and White would go no further.

“It’s a big shame we have ended today like this as Mathew just said to me that was the best two miles I`d driven on gravel in this car” he said. “I’m learning all the time but this is really not how we thought today would go”.

A stripped clutch was found to be the culprit and the team set about changing the offending item to re-join the event under Super Rally conditions on the second leg.

White was pleased to emerge from the opening stage on Sunday morning and finally record a stage time on the clock.  But once again disaster would strike the Mirage Vape Store backed Fiesta on just the second test of the day, when a rock became lodged in the rear brake caliper, locking the wheel.

The subsequent loss of handling launched White into a spin and the car became lodged in one of Kielder forest’s many ditches.

“It just felt like we had a puncture” said White. “But as we drove on I knew something wasn’t right and the off side rear wheel had locked solid. We tried to carry on but going round a sweeping right hand bend it launched us off and into the ditch nose first. There was no spectators or marshals around for miles so it was rally over.”

“I was gutted” he continued. “The team worked hard to get us back in the rally and it’s so frustrating to go out with something silly like a stone. We had the chance to get ahead of Gee Atherton in the BRC4 class here but I guess that wasn’t to be. We haven’t had much luck so far this season so I`m hoping that will change on the next round in Scotland”.

Round three of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship the RSAC Scottish Rally, takes place in Dumfries in May.

White is running under the Two 4 Motorsport banner and is backed by Mirage E Cigarettes, F & G Commercials, DAF, Whites Bakery, Speedline Wheels and Pirelli.

Image courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography

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