The European leg of the London to Cape Town World Cup Rally 2012 has gone swimmingly for the AROnline-supported Girls Across Africa team of MG Maestro, Jane Edgington and Gill Cotton.
Day Two was a 5.00am start that saw the London-Cape Town teams heading into France via P&O’s finest cross-Channel ferry. It was a long run down to Baune in central France, with a number of rallying challenges and stages along the way. Event blogger, Syd Stelvio, summed up the driving through the Somme wonderfully. ‘Today, a different kind of conflict is taking place. The gruff deep-throated growly of the 400 bhp V8 BMW engine of Robert Belcher is chased by the howl of Porsche 911 engines, and the baying six-cylinder Datsun 240Zs, all with crews cracking the whip in the hope of turning the tables at the front of the leaderboard… while wondering what they have spent in recent months in preparation, only to be beaten soundly on the opening leg of this competition by the cheapest cars on the entry-list.’
The MG ZR of Owen Turner continued to lead the way, with the Maestro Girls slipping down to third place – an andmirable result, given the relative budgets of this car and many of its rivals!
Top five overall
1 33 13m 46 1 B Owen Turner GB Matthew Fowle GB 2002 MG ZR 1589
2 15 19m 21 2 B Jane Edgington GB Gillian Cotton GB 1986 MG Maestro 1598
3 14 20m 00 1 E Andy Actman GB Andy Elcomb GB 2010 Toyota Hilux 3000
4 23 21m 00 2 E Steve Blunt GB Bob Duck GB 2006 Subaru Impreza 1994
5 17 24m 28 1 D Renger Guliker NL Pim ‘t Hart NL 1985 BMW M535I 3406
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