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Home News Brilliant start but disappointment for Brendan at Rally Australia

Brilliant start but disappointment for Brendan at Rally Australia

After a brilliant start to day two of Rally Australia, Brendan and Rhianon were forced to retire due to mechanical failure, but they will re-start under SupeRally rules on Sunday.

Starting the second full day of competition fifth in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) category and eleventh overall, Brendan started the day in fine form. The first loop of four stages brought out the best in Brendan and he recorded top three PWRC stage times on each of them, including the fastest time on SS13, the third stage of the day.

The pair went into the midday service fourth in class and tenth outright, a brilliant effort in a car Brendan hadn't driven in over a year.

After a fantastic morning of rallying, the day was to turn sour. As they were preparing to leave the midday service, Brendan's Subaru WRX wouldn't start, a fuel pump issue the cause of the problem. The service crew made some repairs and Brendan and Rhianon booked out of service 5 minutes late, taking a 50 second penalty.

On SS15, a repeat of the morning's first stage, Brendan recorded second-fastest PWRC time, but after the road section between SS15 and SS16, the car again failed to start. Roadside repairs were attempted but to no avail, and the pair were forced to call it a day.

After returning to service, the source of the problem was found to be a blown relay underneath the dash. With a new fuel pump fitted, the duo are now set to re-start on Sunday.

"Today's roads were absolutely incredible," Brendan said. "They are by far the best roads I've rallied on anywhere in the world."

"We are bitterly disappointed that we had to retire today as we were having such a great event. I was really happy with our stage times today and to be in the top ten outright of a WRC rally was awesome."

"Tomorrow our aim is to drive as fast and as clean as possible and get a good result."

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