Louise Cook WRC Rally Germany

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 10:07:00 Europe/London

WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• The last time we had driven on tarmac was 6 years ago on the 2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo. It was also the 1st time on the Michelin tarmac slicks meaning the learning curve was steep.

WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• On Friday we were hit with a heavy rainfall at the start of stage 3, the narrow Mittelmosel vineyard stage, and with being seeded 30 cars behind our rivals in the WRC3 class, we were the only crew to suffer the torrential rain on the stage.

• We found the handbrake problem in the night service and changed the handbrake master cylinder which now meant we had a handbrake that worked for the tight German junctions.

• On Saturday we had a puncture halfway in to the notoriously rough Panzerplatte stage on the American Army ground near Baumholder, we had to stop and change it in the stage, losing lots of time.

 WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• The 40km Panzerplatte stage is known for being hard on brakes and tyres and a slight brake problem we had from the rally start was getting worse.

• The warped discs were changed at the Saturday night service and the pads refreshed ready for the Sunday stages.

• On Sunday, we went on to set our 1st fastest time in WRC3 by 0.9 seconds on the tricky Grafschaft vineyard stage, despite being stuck behind another car for a few minutes before passing.

• We gained 15 points from the event for 3rd place in WRC3 and we are now up to 7th from the 23 drivers in the WRC3 championship standings.

WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• The last time we had driven on tarmac was 6 years ago on the 2012 Rallye Monte-Carlo. It was also the 1st time on the Michelin tarmac slicks meaning the learning curve was steep.

• On Friday we were hit with a heavy rainfall at the start of stage 3, the narrow Mittelmosel vineyard stage, and with being seeded 30 cars behind our rivals in the WRC3 class, we were the only crew to suffer the torrential rain on the stage.

• We found the handbrake problem in the night service and changed the handbrake master cylinder which now meant we had a handbrake that worked for the tight German junctions.

• On Saturday we had a puncture halfway in to the notoriously rough Panzerplatte stage on the American Army ground near Baumholder, we had to stop and change it in the stage, losing lots of time.

 WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• The 40km Panzerplatte stage is known for being hard on brakes and tyres and a slight brake problem we had from the rally start was getting worse.

• The warped discs were changed at the Saturday night service and the pads refreshed ready for the Sunday stages.

• On Sunday, we went on to set our 1st fastest time in WRC3 by 0.9 seconds on the tricky Grafschaft vineyard stage, despite being stuck behind another car for a few minutes before passing.

WRC3 Louise Cook #grandopportunity

• We gained 15 points from the event for 3rd place in WRC3 and we are now up to 7th from the 23 drivers in the WRC3 championship standings.

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Stephen Gill