Chris Wheeler has put a somewhat disappointing Bet On Aces Manx National Rally behind him and the 23-year old driver is now looking forward to the next round of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, Rally Van Wervik (9 June).
Co-driven by 21-year old Shaun Layland, Chris’ Isle of Man return ended in service after SS4 with a mechanic issue with his Citroen DS3 R3T. He had spent the first loop of stages struggling in the rain and fog, not helped by a windscreen misting up making visibility next to nothing. As soon as he reached the first corner on SS4 disaster struck, a brakeage on the front making the car almost impossible to keep control of. It was an early exit for the team, but with round three just around the corner all eyes now turn to Belgium, where hopefully the tables will turn in Chris’ favour.
Rally Van Wervik will be the Devon crew’s first ever event abroad, and the aim will be to gain experience, get Championship points in the bag and to move up in the standings.
“It was a shame to retire on the Isle of Man, with the conditions looking good for the Saturday’s stages I know we would have pulled our way up the leaderboard and I would of been confident to push on,” said Chris. “I was happy with our shakedown runs before the event and Shaun was doing a great job to get me through the fog and keeping me under control. Next event I’m sure we can start making progress together and get a finish under our belt, this is just the start for us and this car.”