Summit Rally Team focussed on New England Forest Rally
- 19th June 2012, 2:34pm
Team leader, Will Orders, was to have contested next month’s famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, however, his entry in that one-off event has now been withdrawn.
Delays in repairing Orders’ Nissan Silvia after the previous event, the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Pennsylvania, have forced the team to make the difficult decision.
“I would have loved to have had the chance to contest Pikes Peak, but we have had some big electrical problems with my car that have really gobbled up a lot of time,” Orders said from the USA today.
“Mechanic Hayden Taylor and I have been left with next to no time to organise logistics and other important tasks for Pikes Peak.
“While we probably could have made it to Pikes Peak, it would have been a rush job, and with the New England Forest Rally only a week later, we have decided to withdraw our entry.”
The decision means that the small four-person Summit Rally Team won’t be required to make the 4400 mile return journey to Colorado, and can now set their sites on the NEFR in Maine on July 13 and 14.
“As I said, it is disappointing, but we would rather concentrate on winning rallies, which is our main reason for being in the USA,” Orders added.
Orders won the two-wheel drive category at the team’s first event in Oregon, and looked set to take another victory in Pennsylvania until a mechanical problem intervened.
His team-mate, Ross Allan, finished on the podium in that event, with both Summit Rally Team drivers targeting a top three finish in Maine.
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