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Stewart wins first rally victory

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer

Friday, September 29, 2017

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TIMOTHY Stewart, with co-driver veteran Stephen Gunter, capped his first rally victory at the Drivers Rallysport Club's (DRC) third meet at New Hall in St Catherine last Sunday.

“It feels great to win. It's been like a year-and-half or so that we've been trying, so we're glad that all the work from over that time has paid off,” Stewart told the Jamaica Observer's Auto magazine.

Stewart's win was far from easy as he had to fight off his own issues, as well as his rivals Kyle Gregg and Joel Jackson, to top the time sheets.

“From start to finish, we were all very close — me, Joel, Kyle — swapping times each stage; quite interesting,” he said.

Jackson finished second in his Subaru Impreza STi and was happy with his podium standing.

“The day started off fairly decent then progressively got worse. We broke a gearbox mount, which was the start of our shifting problems. We tried to bungee strap it down, but that didn't work, so throughout the day the shifting got worse. Then on the second-to-last stage we broke something in the gearbox,” he said.

His bad day was comparable with that of third-placed finisher Gregg, whose day began with a literal bang as he made contact with the foliage trying to make up time on the second stage of the rally.

“I found out after the second run, after trying too hard and running at one point in time, that they gave me a wrong time, so I was actually leading the rally from the start. Anyway, in the third stage we were still second behind Timothy by two seconds, which we knew we could have taken back as we finally sorted out a boost leak, only to have the car just cut out on the third stage,” said Gregg.

He chalked up the experience to the highs and lows of rallying, being happy with his podium and having the problems now instead of in December for Rally Jamaica — his ultimate goal.

Sitting just off the podium was Thomas Hall, collecting fourth-place honours and points to help him back up the DRC driver's championship table. Dover regular Sebastien Rae rounded out the top-five finishers.

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