Ewan Tindall’s season-long run of bad luck continued on last weekend’s Cheviot Stages when he was forced to retire on the penultimate stage.
“The rally pretty much summed up my year as a whole,” said the current John Easson Award winner.
“The speed has been there, but the luck hasn’t. We were swapping times with R5 cars and high-powered Escort Mk2’s over the opening two loops, thanks to the slippery conditions.
“We posted eighth and 10th fastest times on the two Riverside stages to sit 13th overall after the first loop.
“Unfortunately, as the stages dried out and power became an advantage, our little 998cc Fiesta R2 didn’t have the legs to keep the bigger cars at bay.
“At the start of stage 11, a turbo boost pipe worked its way off and left us with no power. Although we tried to fix it in stage, we had no joy, leaving us with no choice but to retire to save further damage.
“On a positive note, I really enjoyed working with co-driver Rob Fagg this weekend, so thanks for the top job on the notes.”
*Ewan Tindall would also like to thank the 2300 Club, Simon Hewitt, Max Tindall and Andrew Pollard of AWP Motorsport for their efforts in service all day, and Marvin Campbell from Team Valley MOT for helping with the transport of van and trailer.