Rock’s rallying brothers Carl and Rob Tuer competed on the same forest stages as the world’s best on Wales Rally GB, their round of the World Rally Championship, based in Chester and using the famous Welsh forests.
After winning the class on all three rallies entered so far this year, the pressure was on to keep the winning form going.
With the World Rally Championship running for four days, there was an opportunity to compete in a national event covering the second two-day stages.
Day one started with a slippery 13-mile forest stage. The brothers were very surprised at the lack of grip, especially for a little 2wd 1600cc car.
These conditions continued in the next two stages.
Approaching a downhill hairpin too quickly sawthe car spin, ending up pointing the wrong way on the last of the three forest stages.
Fortunately, there was no damage and only 15 seconds were be lost with the incident.
The final test of the day was a short blast round Chirk Castle packed with thousands of spectators; this was very tricky in the pitch dark. But the MG arrived back in service to be met by the service team of Robin Tavonesa, Jon Logan, Chris Johnson, Peter Pringle and Sarah Tuer at the end of the day, fifth overall and with a healthy class lead.
Due to the conditions, the team opted in service to set up the car with much softer suspension settings to try to get more grip for the second day.
The Sunday forest stages were even muddier than the day before and the set-up change made things worse, so the crew were pleased to maintain their position through the forests.
To finish with, there were three more spectator stages, with two blasts round Kimnel Park, followed by a rapid lap of the Great Orme Peninsula, with a cliff on one side and a wall and fresh air drops on the other, the tarmac proving very interesting on gravel tyres.
These last three stages were fantastic with thousands cheering the crews on through.
The crew ended up fifth overall and a delighted first in class, keeping 2013’s winning streak going.