Sadly with a retirement on the Rally Van Wervik due to suspension damage after hitting a rock on the first stage, we have decided to pull out of the 2018 MSA Asphalt Rally Championship.
Stage 1 in Belgium saw Chris & Shaun come round a fast blind corner to find a rock placed in the racing line. They managed to avoid the rock with the front of the car but the off side rear wheel hit the rock and broke the suspension putting them out of the event.
having had so many issues with the car, we need to take time out of a championship to sort the problems out before we go back into big events.
Wheeler & Layland will be back in action at Rally Van Wervik
After a disappointing end to Chris Wheeler & Shaun Layland’s Manx National Rally, the crew now put the event behind them & look down the road towards Rally Van Wervik in Belgium.
The Devon team ended their rally after Stage four back in service on the Manx National due to a mechanical issue with the car, they had spent the first loop of stages struggling in the rain & fog which also wasn’t helped by a windscreen misting up making visibility next to nothing.
Once the crew started stage four as soon as they got to the first corner disaster struck & a mechanical problem hit, making the car almost impossible to keep control of.
It was an early exit for the team but with Round three just around the corner all eyes now head to Belgium, & now hopefully the tables will turn in Wheeler’s favour.
Belgium will be Chris & Shaun’s first ever event abroad, the aim for this event will not only be to gain experience but will also be to start getting points in the bag & to move up in the standings.
The DS3 is currently being repaired & will soon be ready for its next outing.
Chris has said “ It was a shame to retire on the Isle Of Man, with the conditions looking good for the Saturday’s Stages I know we would have pulled our way up the leaderboard & I would of been confident to push on.
I was happy with our shakedown runs before the event & Shaun was doing a great job to get me through the fog & keeping me under control.
Next event I’m sure we can start making progress together & get a finish under our belt, this is just the start for us & this car “