Jimmy McRae wins Classic Class of MSA British Historic Rally Championship
Sep 11, 2007
Jimmy McRae and co-driver Andy Richardson driving the Prepfab prepared Stobart Mk2 Ford Escort RS1800 are now unbeatable in the classic class of the 2007 Dunop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship after winning last weekends Historic Tour of Flanders.
It took Jimmy McRae and Andy Richardson more than a dozen stages to get to the head of the British contingent on the Tour of Flanders in Belgium, but once ahead of Gareth Lloyd/Ian Oakley they took a well-deserved victory after a fabulous battle.
Round seven of the 2007 Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship was a cracking event on the slippery asphalt of the Flanders region where many crews explored ditches.
The rally started badly for McRae/Richardson when the intercom failed on the first stage at Zilverberg dropping 30 seconds and they ended the first leg 24s down on Lloyd/Oakley. It was to be the start of a mighty chase.
McRae attacked on every stage. Little by little the gap came down and by the end of the day’s 12 stages, Lloyd had just five seconds in hand. “He’s hanging in there,” said McRae with a smile, knowing that he had eight more stages on Sunday to go after Lloyd.
Sure enough, the lead changed hands on the 12km Izegem stage, the second on Sunday when Jimmy took 10seconds off Lloyd who continued to push but accepted that McRae just had the edge on pace. “The car has been faultless; we were just nibbling away all the time. It’s been a fantastic event. I am very pleased that we have won the classic class in this years championship which is what we set out to do,” said a very happy Jimmy McRae.
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