23 JULY 2018 20:35
Philip Hopkins enjoyed a good run on the Carryduff Folklift Down Rally in Northern Ireland, picking up seventh place points in the Protyre MSA Asphalt Rally Championship category. Had the Bristol driver not slipped off the road near the end of the opening round on Epynt, he’d now be fourth in the overall drivers’ standings – although he is still an impressive eighth overall in the Spencer Sport-run Mitsubishi Mirage R5.
Co-driven by Aled Edwards, Hopkins lost time on the opening Down Rally stage when he came across a hay bale that had been dislodged by the car in front and was now in the middle of the road. He also discovered that the car had acquired a new tendency to land on its nose – so hard in fact, that one landing smashed the windscreen.
Increasing the ride height at the front, replacing a broken rear anti-roll bar and changing the damper settings transformed the car, allowing Hopkins to finish the 11 stage, 62 stage mile, event in 30th position overall out of 130 starters.