Nigel Feeney is aiming to bounce back on the Bet on Aces Manx National Rally (May 11-12), after suffering an early retirement on the opening round of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship.
The 46-year old driver from Troon in South Ayrshire retired his GWF Energy/Wild West Foods-backed Mini John Cooper Works Mini WRC after SS2 of the Melvyn Evans Motorsport Tour of Epynt. Co-driven Sean Donnelly, the 2015 North of England Rally Champion had suffered problems with the car before the start and the Kilmarnock-based Mayfield Garage Services team had gone to great lengths to fix it.
“We had a vibration in the car before the start and ended up changing all the driveshafts and the hubs before the vibration disappeared,” said Feeney. “Unfortunately, the clutch failed on the first loop of stages – we did Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park for a bit of fun and whilst that’s a short event, it was very hard on the clutch and that’s what’s put us out of Epynt. C’est la vie, there’s no point getting upset about it. We’ve already dropped a score, but we’ll come out fighting again on the Manx National.”
Entries don’t close for the Bet on Aces Manx National Rally until April 28, but the event has already received 113 entries.