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Bale keeps record going
7:48am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
TERRY Martin’s Cumbrian track jinx struck again after crashing out of contention at the Pendragon Stages.
The Clitheroe and District Motor Club man had teamed up with former RAC rally driver Darren Wilcox – and the pair were motoring in the Subaru Impreza until disaster struck on stage five at the Warcop Army Ranges near Penrith.
“It was going okay, but then the car developed a misfire on stages three and four, which was traced to a broken wire shorting out, and that cost us about three minutes per stage,” said Martin.
“We kept on going, though, and when we got to stage five we caught and passed two cars, and came down to a hairpin.
“Darren pulled the handbrake on to control the back end of the vehicle – and nothing happened. We knew we were in a bit of trouble then, and 300 metres further on we hit the chicane, catching another car, and suddenly the brakes had gone.
“We hit the hay bales at the edge of the track at 100mph, and went flying into a field.
“Unfortunately, it also took out some fencing and the car ended up hitting a brick wall.
“The car, of course, was very badly damaged and that was the end of the rally.”
Map man Martin returns to action this weekend when he will be co-driving for Andy Fraser, in the 400 bhp Darrian V6 on the Patriot Stages at Caerwent in Wales.
“I’ve never finished a rally at the Pendragon Stages, and it was the second time I’ve crashed there, so I’m due a bit of a change in fortune,” he said.
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