TOP TEN FOR COOKSON ON JIM CLARK RALLY
Saturday 29th May 2010
For immediate release
Jim Clark International Rally – 28th/29th May 2010
For the second event in succession Saltash rally driver Alan Cookson and co driver Julian Wilkinson from Tunbridge Wells claimed an impressive top ten placing on this weekend’s Jim Clark International Rally.
Contesting the Kelso-based round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship for the first time, the Wiseman Dairies, Spar, Kick Energy and Speedline Wheels sponsored crew got off to a steady start and held tenth overnight in the ‘cow-liveried’ and TEG Sport prepared Subaru Impreza N15.
The pair continued to push hard during today’s high speed action on the closed public roads around Duns and despite dropping time after a couple of spins and hitting a bank, they were as high as ninth before settling for a fine tenth place at the finish.
"I’m happy enough considering this was the first time on tarmac for us in this car and it was a huge learning exercise. As a result we didn’t have the car set up ideally but all things considered, we have to be pleased with another top ten finish. The car tried to get back into the fields with the other cows a couple of times but we managed to keep her out!" quipped Cookson.
Wilkinson added: "We’ve learnt a great deal today and despite banging my arm when we had a big spin, I’ve really enjoyed it. Thanks must go to our team and our loyal sponsors as ever, we’ll put what we’ve learnt today into practice for the Manx Rally next time out and hope to improve."
1, Gwyndaf Evans/Chris Patterson, Mitsubishi Evo X, 1:54:33.5
2, Alastair Fisher/Rory Kennedy, Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1:55:04.6
3, Keith Cronin/Barry McNulty, Subaru Impreza N15, 1:56:20.1
4, Jonathan Greer/Dai Roberts, Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1:57:17.7
5, Jason Pritchard/Robbie Durant, Subaru Impreza, 1:57:32.5
6, Adam Gould/Dave Robson, Subaru Impreza N11, 1:57:59.4
7, Daniel Sigurdoarson/Asta Siguroadottir, Mitsubishi Evo X, 2:00:57.0
8, Dave Weston Jnr/Ieuan Thomas, Subaru Impreza N16, 2:01:37.0
9, Robert Barrable/Damien Connolly, Citroen C2R2 Max, 2:02:09.1
10, Alan Cookson/Julian Wilkinson, Subaru Impreza N15, 2:02:54.0
Picture attached courtesy of Jakob Ebrey.