Any of you who know Simm Engineering Group’s Service Manager Andrew Turner, will know of his passion for rally driving.
Andy recently competed at the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally 2018 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, with his co-driver Richard Winstanley. Their vehicle of choice? A Honda Civic type R 1600 rally car with Simm Engineering Group and Atlas Copco livery.
After a 12-month layoff due to a longer than scheduled winter rebuild and Richard recovering from a broken shoulder, the pair were looking for a finish to prove that the car’s winter rebuild was fully justified and to gain some valuable seat time.
Seeded at car 31 out of 82 for the seven-stage event, culminating in 60 miles of competitive rallying, the pair set out in the morning under wet and damp conditions. After the opening stage, they sat at 11th overall, with an immediate class lead of 30 seconds.
During the day the weather dried out, allowing the big powered cars to stretch their legs and leading the pair to expect to slip down the overall standings a little while maintaining their class lead.
There were some downshift issues to deal with on the sequential gearbox, which were costing around five to 10 seconds a stage, but such was their pace, the team were never troubled by the others in their class.
In the end, they achieved a fine result of 12th overall and first in class by two minutes and 11 seconds.
The crew now look forward to their next event on 30th September, at Weston Park in Staffordshire.