2001 Season Review


2nd in ANCRO National Championship!
Having been asked by 22 Motorsport to drive one of their ex works SEAT Ibiza's in the 2001 ANCRO National Rally Championship, the pressure was on Andrew to be 'up to speed' at a much higher level of competition. He continued with his tough program of physical conditioning through the winter months, while co-driver Tim Slattery learned more about the art of map and pace note reading reading at national level.


The first event on the Calendar was Andrew and APCsport's 'home' event, Rallye Sunseeker, based in the New Forest around Bournemouth. It was to be Andrew's first national event, his first event on gravel, and the first driving for 22 Motorsport. British Champion Martin Rowe was drafted in by 22 Motorsport to mentor Andrew's progress and try to help reduce the steep learning curve. Despite a spin on the notoriously slippery seafront stage of Sunseeker, the crew kept the car on the road and amazingly progressed to 2nd in class through the day of soft gravel stages.

With just one stage ahead, the 'bogey stage' along the seafront at night, disaster struck. The engine's ancillary belt on the immaculately prepared Ibiza destroyed itself on the start line. Andrew flicked the lights off to save power, but with no power steering the car struggled to negotiate the tight chicanes on the seafront. With all the electrics now switched off to save power, Andrew and Tim nursed the car to the finish ramp, overheating and in total darkness. The trusty Ibiza struggled over the ramp, giving Andrew enough time to thank 22 Motorsport and reach the vital finish time control, before expiring on the trailer!

Sadly foot and mouth disease intervened for a few months, but Andrew had done enough to impress the owners of 22 Motorsport. They generously lent the car to APCsport to continue the ANCRO National Rally Championship, as well as re-preparing it between events and offering overall support of the program. Andrew repaid that faith with a 100% finishing record, always on the podium of the 2 litre class, often against the vastly more powerful 'kit cars' that were refugees from the cancelled British Rally Championship.

It was an outstanding season that culminated with 2nd in Class at National level, re-enforcing the belief of everyone involved that Andrew could achieve results at the highest level.
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