Published: April 30, 2009
Burnham rally drivers delighted with second place at Somerset Rally

An action-packed day of rallying saw Burnham-On-Sea Motor Club members Dave Phillips and Tim Bagg finish second in the annual Somerset Stages Rally held in Minehead earlier this week.

The duo were competing in their BMW, pictured here, against 150 other crews from across the UK and this was their best-ever result.

Dave told the race was not without incident: "Everything went very well in the morning but it rained just before we did the two runs up the Porlock Toll Road, which made it very slippery."

"The car in front of us spun and blocked the road and we lost two minutes waiting for the road to be cleared."

"We were fourth in class at the end of the rally but after a complaint about the hold up by another competitor the organisers gave us 'a nominal time' for the stage which moved us up to second place."

"Also, when we were returning from the Porlock stage, the car started making some strange noises and when we got to the service area our mechanic found the gearbox mounting was damaged but he was able to repair it within the time we were allocated."

Dave said they were both pleased with the result. "We were very surprised and over the moon with a class result. We are a very low budget team and only compete for the thrill of it. I was really pleased for Tim, my Navigator, who has not been competing in motorsport for very long."

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