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Gregg tops Rally of the Kings

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Kyle Gregg emerged victorious at last Sunday's Rally of the Kings held in the hot and dusty stages of Lydford Mines, St Ann.

“It was a great day. We managed to win eight out of nine stages. Our pace was extremely good. Lydford stages are very fast and not as forgiving as we saw some of our competitors damaging their cars because of hitting rocks that were on the inside and outside of some corners. We kept it clean as they were chasing us from stage one,” Gregg told the J amaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Co-driven by Dover Raceway regular William Myers, the pair managed to avoid the mayhem that affected their rivals all the way to the finish line. Myers was making his second appearance as Gregg's co-driver in place of regular Hugh Hutchinson. While not used to being in the passenger seat, Myers was happy with the team's pace through the whole event.

Joel Jackson and Dmitri Dawkins were the first out when his Subaru Impreza WRX STI hit a rock smashing the rear suspension and leaving the car undriveable.

“We just came around a corner, ran wide, then just our luck, we managed to hit the one big hidden rock which split the rim, flattened the tyre, bent a shock, broke a brake line and destroyed the rear control arm,” Jackson explained.

Fraser McConnell was next to hit the very same rock moments later, but escaped retirement until later in the day when the rough terrain took its toll on his Subaru's suspension.

“The impact put us down 12 seconds on Kyle by lunch break,” McConnell said.

His front suspension would then fail at the most inopportune moment as he pushed the car, trying to gain back the lost time. This sent him and co-driver Peter Clarke into the foliage, ending their rally, after chasing Gregg in second for the majority of the day. Next to retire was Montegonian David Watkin. Another front suspension failure on his Honda Civic put him out.

This left Thomas Hall to slot into second.

“I'm happy for the second place. Unfortunately, both Joel and Fraser had problems otherwise I can't actually beat a four-wheel drive. I loved the stages in Lydford. They're fast and slippery. I really missed them,” Hall said.

With McConnell winning the opening rally, the Macklin Peterkin Memorial Rally in April, this now gives him and Gregg a victory apiece. More importantly for Gregg, having his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution survive such a punishing event has put him in good stead for the rest of the season.

“I'm definitely looking forward to Rally Jamaica. We have been unbeatable in pace for the year, so far. So we plan to continue that way and carry that momentum with us,” Gregg added.

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