Photo credit Owen Paterson
John Easson Award winner Ewan Tindall faces a race against time to get his Fiesta R2T ready for next week’s Grampian Rally.
The talented 21-year-old made an early exit from the RSAC Scottish Rally, sliding into a ditch on stage two, with the car ending up on its roof.
Despite the disappointment -Tindall was leading his class at the time – work is well underway to get the Fiesta match-fit for the event on August 14.
“The team have been pretty busy, working flat-out to try and make the Grampian,” said Ewan.
“The steering rack and rear beam needs replacing, and we’ve taken the wings and front bumper off ready for new ones to be fitted.”
Reflecting on the incident, he said: “It wasn’t the way we wanted the event to go, but when running 15-20 cars down on where we should have been, it was always going to be a challenge.
“A good first stage topping the R2 times, even with an overshoot and spin. Having never driven the car on gravel, or sat with Peredur before, meant it was a day of ‘what could have been’
“Unfortunately, we were stuck in the dust most of the stage and just got caught out trying to minimise time loss. The corner seemed to open and tighten back up, so just a bit too much speed dragged us off and into a roll.
“It was my first crash in five years of driving, so it was a shock to the system!”
*The Grampian Forest Rally is based near Aberdeen, in north east Scotland.The forests of Fetteresso, Durris and Drumtochty provide the competitive route of 44 miles