Last weekend, the Hendy Motorsport team travelled across the Channel to Northern France to compete in the Rallye de la Lys-Mc Doc.
After a “rusty” start, and the fan belt being dislodged by a rogue stone on the gravely French lanes, the team were lying in 8th place after the first loop of stages.
The second loop was a repeat of the first stages, and the local knowledge that played a huge part in the earlier runs, became less of an advantage. By the end of the sixth stage, the Focus WRC crew were lying in 5th place at the overnight halt.
The next day started early, and bathed in bright sunshine, the pairing of Steve Hendy and Aled Davies were on a charge to try to get on the podium. Again, with new stages, local knowledge was a key factor. Despite this, the car ran well on the new Elf fuel supplied by WP Racing, and the crew were now in their stride, posting top 3 times. Unfortunately, the progress was difficult to quantify amongst the placings, and the final result of 5th overall and 3rd in class, was an excellent reflection on the teams experience, having not competed for so long.
Steve said of the result “being the first overseas crew is a great barometer at the end, as the very technical French lanes are a huge advantage for the local drivers. The preparation and hard work from the team has paid off and reflects in the superb result”.
This result opens more doors again for the team in the overseas rallying scene and there are already several offers and invitations on the table for future events. The team has yet to decide which to do ... but the updates will be published!