On the 18th of January, Ashleigh took on the first rally of 2020. The day started out well at Brands Hatch, but things took a turn for the worst during stage 7.
Speaking about the day, Ashleigh said, “It was very icy and slippery for the first stage, so we went with wet Michelin tyres to get the best grip we could. We managed to have a good, clean run though the first stage.”
“We were delighted to set the quickest time in class B, and come 15th overall out of 87 starters, in very challenging conditions.”
Ashleigh continued to have a good run for the rest of the morning, and by the end of stage 6 she was pleased to be sitting 3rd in class (1st of the championship class competitors.)
In the afternoon, things took a bad turn as a spin on stage 7 ended the day for the team and they suffered their first DNF of the season.
Ashleigh said, “Conditions remained challenging and we had gone back on to intermediate tyres to maximise grip. Unfortunately, the car started sliding going around a corner just after the rally school section, we had a spin and hit a kerb. This did significant damage to the car, including the left rear wheel and we were unable to continue.”
“It was disappointing for us not to finish the event, but the pace we had up to that point gives us confidence, and we are hoping for a strong result in Cadwell in two weeks. The championship allows each competitor to drop one round, hopefully this result shouldn’t impact too significantly upon our championship hopes.”
The next round of the Championship takes place at Cadwell on the 2nd of February, and we’re looking forward to seeing Ashleigh and Jamie back out on the track in top form.
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