Rochdale News | Sports News | Brown endures stormy rally comeback

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Date published: February 27, 2022


Rochdale driver Steve Brown made a return to the stages on Sunday February 20, tackling the Questmead stages at Three Sisters near Wigan, but endured a weekend of mixed fortunes as he tackled at its first competitive event of 2022.

Guiding his popular Nissan Micra Kit Car through treacherous conditions as the UK was battered by Storm Franklin, Brown and his co-driver Andy Rose had built up an impressive class lead of one minute and thirty seconds, before making aquaplaning on a tricky part of the circuit, sending the car into the barriers and an instant retreat.

After clinching the BMW MINI British Rallycross title in 2021, Brown has opted to return to stage rallying this season. The Fuchs Lubricants-backed driver had enjoyed two full seasons in the popular racing series, culminating with the championship spoils after a tense end to the series.

After honing his racing skills throughout the two-year campaign, Brown has set his sights on returning to the stages in 2022 and headed to the Three Sisters circuit to tackle his first rally stage in the car in more than a year, well aware that he would need to go back to discipline.

But the difficult weather that gripped the country over the weekend had meant that conditions would be the biggest challenge of all, with high winds and driving rain bringing standing water and an ultra slippery surface for the crews.

Twelve stages would make up the day’s action and Brown wasted no time in acclimating to the sport and quickly built a substantial gap to his nearest opponents. As confidence grew, Brown extended his lead, but with four stages to go, the Nissan hit a large river of standing water, sending him into the tire wall at high speed and into a retirement. instantaneous.

Despite the early end to the day, Brown was happy to be back in rallying.

“It was great to finally get back to rallying after so long in the rallycross championship and although today didn’t quite go to plan, I’m happy with our pace in some pretty awful conditions,” did he declare.

“The car had been running well all day and we were just getting into a good rhythm for the second half of the day and I just got caught at high speed in a lot of deep water which sent us onto the grass and into the wall. It was an unfortunate end to the day, but it’s just cosmetic damage and we’ll be back soon. Many thanks to our partners for their support this weekend, the I certainly missed sport!

Steve is sponsored by Fuchs Lubricants, 710 Oils, PIAA, Questmead, Mintex, Brake Prep, CD Heritage and Magnum Motorsport.

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