We had done the Hughes in 2009 and finished almost last but with a second fastest time on the airfield stage. For 2010 we had a special rally trip meter (about £300 all in – don’t tell Hayley) to improve our navigation and the carrot that there was a special award, in memory of Warren Chmura, long time supporter of the Hughes, for the airfield stage.
To cut a long story short the navigation went well but too much red mist and a misfire meant we came home mid table. The misfire struck just when we didn’t need it – on the timed sections. It felt a lot like vapour lock and, since we were against the clock I felt we had no option but to drive through it and we popped and banged through the stages. This decision may have been the cause of later problems.
To add insult to injury, when we got to the airfield stage ready to win our award I managed to spin the car twice on the greasy grass.
I got a bit grumpy and blamed Rob – totally incorrectly
We finished 38th out of 49, mostly due to mistakes on my part. Still fun though!