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2016 Rally Isle of Man 15-17 September 2016

12 Sep 2016

Next up on the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship is the three-day Rally Isle of Man on the 16/17/ 18 September, for rounds 7 & 8 of the 2016 season.

The pre-event preparation has presented a few challenges, but everyone from Minisport and Rob Smith Rallying has worked tirelessly to make sure that the Harris & Co supported Mini Cooper will be competing at the event.

It all started when Phil's co-driver had to drop out three weeks before the rally due to unforeseen circumstances, and that left him in a real spot," Phil explained. "It is hard to find someone at short notice who can give up a week."

"Luckily the rally community is unlike any other and Rob Smith from RSR Historic Engineering, Graham Wild and Alun Cook went into overdrive to secure the services of co-driver Paul Kendrick."

That was a huge relief to the team. However, it was to be short lived when the engine builders added another challenge into the mix. They discovered that the engine damage sustained on the Harry Flatters Rally in July was much worse than they initially expected.

Once more, RSR Historic Engineering leapt into action and managed to secure an engine from Rob Eastwood at Minisport at incredibly short notice. Said Phil: "We are so grateful to him for his brilliant support - I have been a customer of Minisport for over 30 years, and their level of service is just fantastic."

"Rob's gearbox has got a rod type gear change, and mine is a remote type so we needed to change the gearbox on the engine."

"RSR Historic Engineering picked up my gearbox from the engine builder then drove to Burnley to get the new engine this morning. They will work continuously all weekend to fit it to the gearbox before running the car on Sunday to make sure it all operates in time for next week's event."

"It has been a challenging build up to the event, but I cannot thank RSR Historic Engineering, Jason Thomas, Minisport, Graham Wild and Alun Cook for their invaluable support. I now can't wait to get back into the car and continue our fight to secure a good result in the championship."

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