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Preparation for the Woodpecker stages got off to a bad start when only 2 days after returning from the previous Nicky Grist stages, Scott Mitsubishi suffered a catastrophic transmission failure on a shakedown test. With no spare budget available, Scott was faced with the prospect of having to sit out for the remainder of the season. That was, until long-serving sponsor Tony Robinson at Professional Motor-sport World Expo heard of the bad news. With Scott’s recent successes still fresh in mind, Tony agreed to help finance the repair of the transmission which would ensure the team could compete as planned on the Pirelli Welsh Championship’s most recent event based in Ludlow.

Scott and Gareth were seeded at car 15 for the event and as they emerged from the first stage 10th over-all and 3rd in class, it was apparent the pace was yet again hot at the top of the field.

“I don’t usually wake-up quickly enough and we drop a lot of time in the first stage. This time however we really pushed – and the times reflect that!”

Happy with the pace, being only 6 seconds off 2nd in class, Scott and Gareth continued to push as the midday service approached. With an 8th and 11th fastest time through stages 2 and 3, they would enter service 10th overall 24 seconds off 2nd in class.

Having opted to use the new Hankook R213 tyre in soft compound on this event, Scott felt he could continue to push through the afternoon’s stages as temperatures reached their peaks. With the longer of the events stages in the afternoon, tyre degradation could have been an issue but the new Hankooks worked extremely well and Scott could push harder.

Setting a 7th and 6th fastest time in the last 2 stages, Scott and Gareth would climb to 8th overall and 2nd in class due to the unfortunate demise of Group N regulars Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy. The biggest achievement of the day was that Scott and Gareth had come home 1st Welsh Championship Group N crew and took points for 5th in the championship overall!

“This is a big result for us” remarked Scott at the finish! “It keeps all champi-onships wide open as we can still win the Group N championship and with that result we’re in the hunt for the Welsh Championship overall! It’s a great way to thank Tony and the guys at Professional Motorsport World Expo for their huge generosity to allow us to continue the championship fight!”

Scott and Gareth have the opportunity to take Group N honours and are in the fight for a great overall championship result at the end of the season, providing they can put in another good performance on the Wyedean Rally based in the Forest of Dean. This is one of Scott’s favourite events and brings the Pirelli Welsh Championship to a close on the 10th November.

Scott and Gareth would like to thank their sponsors for the support they have received all season, from the Professional Motorsport World Expo, Chris at C1-R, Mr Tyre Motorsport, Garry Davies Accident Repairs, Fluid Power and the latest addition to the team – GeeWiz Tuning based in West Wales.

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