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Mechanical misery in the Lakes for Shelley

Burton and Rogerson before retirementLancaster’s Shelley Rogerson suffered a disappointing Malcolm Wilson rally last Saturday (7th March) when mechanical problems ended her event on the opening stage.

Shelley was partnering Andrew Burton in his Peugeot Cosworth. It was the first time that the popular car had appeared on the Lake District event, the second round of the BTRDA rally championship.

Following a maximum points haul on the opening round of the championship, last months Wyedean Forest rally, hopes were high for a good result to maintain the championship lead. However, disaster was to strike on the opening three mile Hobcarton stage.

“The stage was going quite well but towards the end there was a bang from the engine and we lost power,” said Shelley.

“Andrew switched the engine off and we coasted down the incline at the stage finish. We tried starting it up again but it wouldn’t start and our rally was over. We’re very disappointed as we were confident of getting a decent result.”

“The engine will need stripped down to see exactly what is wrong with it but hopefully it will be fixed for the next championship round in April. I’d like to thank Co-ordSport, Pacenotes, Legend Fires, Gilletts Spar, Nicky Grist and Songasport for their support.”

The retirement means that Shelley drops to 12th in the BTRDA championship table. Please visit www.shelleyrally.com for all the latest news and pictures.