Chris Wheeler has vowed to bounce straight back on the next round of the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship, the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally (21 July), after his first overseas event came to an unfortunate end of the opening stage of Rally van Wervik.
The 23-year old driver got off to a flying start and was looking to set a good stage time on SS1 when, on the exit of a corner, he hit a rock sitting bang on the racing line. It was impossible to avoid and the hard impact sheared a rear shock absorber on his Citroen DS3 R3T.
Chris and co-driver Shaun Layland kept pushing on, but the car was soon making loud harsh noises from the rear and they slowed down to reach the end of the stage. They jacked the car up on the following road section, and their worst fears came true when they saw the irreparable damage.
“We were on it right from the start and I was felling confidant, the notes from Shaun where great and we were working well as a team,” said Chris. “I can’t believe what happened, but we have taken a lot of good feedback from the rally and the team will now look ahead to our next event in Northern Ireland. We certainly have had glimpses of what we can do, we just now have to put it into action and get the job done next time out.
“Thank you to all of the team for their hard work, it will pay of soon I’m sure.”