Steve Retchless will revert to his old road rally Escort Mk2 for this Saturday’s Rally van Wervik, after the bodywork damage done to his stage rally car on the Bet On Aces Manx National couldn’t be repaired in time.
Steve still had a lot of work to do to bring his road rally car up to spec and apply for a new MSA Passport – but the tasks have been completed, allowing him and co-driver Sasha Heriot to contest Round 3 of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship in Belgium.
“Owing to damage done to the stage car on the Manx National, and a backlog of work at the bodyshop, unfortunately it couldn’t be repaired in time for Rally van Wervik – so rather than simply write off this year’s championship we’ve decided to dig out the old road rally car,” said Steve. “I must admit, it’s going to be like taking a pea-shooter to a gunfight, but it’s the only option I have!
“The road rally car’s MSA Competition Car Logbook was due to expire, so I decided to not only carry out the mods required for it to be eligible for Belgium but to update the equipment that had all expired – seats, belts, fire system – and then add things like Perspex windows. The MSA Scrutineer’s inspection went well, we’ve applied for the latest MSA Passport and we’ve booked ferries and confirm the accommodation that we had on standby.
“Just for the record, I have also attempted to make the car more interesting to drive by swopping the road rally regulation carburettor to a pair of carbs, so effectively it is now similar to an historic spec Escort Mk2 Pinto.”