Shipley’s Luke Pinder and Leeds based co-driver Peter Scott took a fine 2nd position in the Citroen Racing Trophy on the Pirelli International Rally over the weekend. Pinder did not rely entirely on his speed and ability. The crew took a tactical approach to the Keilder forest based round of the British Rally Championship.
“We knew from experience that this would be a rally of attrition, last year we were leading the Suzuki Swift cup and a small error in the pacenotes led to rolling out of the event. Given the dusty conditions and a throttle body problem we decided just to make sure that we were still in the rally after the Friday night stages.”
Although Saturday morning brought far better conditions, Pinder began to climb up the leader board as many crews pushed their luck and many fell foul of Keilder’s unforgiving ditches.
“We just played it safe” said Pinder. “We were in a position where we would have to push very hard to improve and decided it was not worth the risk. Given our steady pace the temptation to try and catch us proved to be the undoing of at least 1 Citroen crew and overall we improved our position to 2nd over the course of the day without taking any risks.”
Pinder and Scott finished an impressive 13th overall and moved into 3rd position in the season long Citroen Racing Trophy. They continue to be supported by Jam Motorsport, City Transport & Storage Ltd and Woof Thermal Management Technology