O’Brien Rallysport crash out of Rally Queensland
- 9th August 2010, 10:28am
After posting two respectable times at Friday nights super special at Caloundra which saw them lead the Allcomers category and would of positioned them 5th outright amongst the QRC competitors as well as fastest P6 car.
A big loose over a 4th gear crest in SS 5 Million La saw damage sustained to the front end of the Mitsubishi VR4. With reduced power thanks to a flatened intercooler pipe the crew finished SS5 loosing some 40 seconds in the process. Further time was lost on SS6 Kadanga long at a rate of 2 seconds per km before the service crew were able to repair and get the team on their way. "The service crew did an awesome job to get the car back to original condition" said team Manager Phil O'Brien
Unfortunately about 1 km from the end of the appropriately named "Breakneck South" SS7 a tricky left hander after a dip and rise which also caught out 4 other unlucky competitors including the Porsche 911 of David/Moscat and ARC crew of Tonna/Graham in their Evo5.
"Due to rain and delays in thursdays recce we were unable to do a second pass of this stage and it happened on a new section that was not used in the last 2 years". said driver Col O'Brien "We will learn a lesson from this and try to make sure it never happens again"
The whole team would like to thank the Medics at the event as well as the Ambos and Nurses from the Nambour Hospital for doing a super job. CT Scans revealed a slight crack in one of Cols vertibrae but was not considered to be critical. The lads were cleared and released from Nambour Hospital at around 9pm Saturday night.
Now begins the task of rebuilding the car but with no championship events planned for the rest of the year preperation for next years QRC can commence!
The crew would also like to thank Aaron from GCA Smash Repairs, the guys from Beaurepairs Warwick, Service crew members Bob Bingham, Pawel Bienkowski, Graham Hawthorne and Phil O'Brien.
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