After missing out on the podium at the last round of the 2011 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship, the Carnforth-based TEG Sport team were back amongst the silverware in round four of the series which took place with the Jim Clark International Rally based in the borders town of Duns.

Whereas Pirelli Star Driver Elfyn Evans had to settle for a fourth place finish once again but still maintained his championship challenge, it was Bristolian Adam Gould who secured a third place finish to get his challenge back on track after the disappointment of retiring on the last round.

23 year old Gould and co driver Seb Marshall led the event last night despite a buckled wheel which was caused by hitting a bank and were unlucky not to return to Duns as overall leaders after six stages as they were just 0.8 seconds adrift of eventual winner David Bogie overnight, with the added bonus of two stage victories.

22 year old Evans from Dolgellau, along with Aberystwyth co driver Andrew Edwards, dropped time in the TEG Sport Pirelli Shoot Out sponsored Subaru Impreza N15 but made it back to the overnight halt in sixth place albeit a minute off the lead.

Today’s remaining ten stages saw Gould maintain his second place for the opening loop before dropping back to third where he remained for the duration of the event as Evans, on his first four wheel drive on tarmac, charged up to fourth place, which he consolidated by setting fastest time on the very final stage to add valuable points to his championship hopes.

Evans is now 12 points adrift of series leader David Bogie going into the next event which is in August with the Toddsleap International Rally Northern Ireland with Gould in fourth place and both drivers hoping to make advances up the table in Ulster.

Adam Gould: “We’re quite disappointed, we hoped for a lot better here and after last night it was looking like the fight was going to be on for the win today. We lost a lot of time in the early part of the day today and couldn’t pull it back so we had to settle for third. It’s very, very fast here and everyone was taking a lot of risks. We tried to push early in the wet and went off twice. We really needed to win here and now I’m not sure about the championship and there’s quite a lot of damage to the car.”

Elfyn Evans: “We had done nothing before in a four-wheel drive here so Friday was our test as such. We set fastest time on the last stage and I think we can look positively to Northern Ireland. We’ve learned a lot today about the car and driving it and hope for a good result in Ireland.”

Stuart Newby – TEG Sport Team Principal: “This is a good result and we scored strong points in the championship. Adam has had a few moments and the battle scars on the car tells the story but he drove well and scored a podium again. Elfyn built up his pace steadily and produced a sensible drive which culminated in setting fastest time on the final stage so considering it was his first time on tarmac in this car, he’s done a great job. A special word about the Pirelli tyres too as despite them being bounced off banks and gates today, we’ve not suffered one single puncture which combined with the high speed nature of the event, just goes to show what outstanding performance they have provided.”

Results
1, David Bogie/Kevin Rae, Mitsubishi Evo9, 2:05:41.9
2, Jonathan Greer/Dai Roberts, Skoda Fabia, 2:05:59.5
3, Adam Gould/Seb Marshall, Subaru Impreza, 2:06:46.3
4, Elfyn Evans/Andrew Edwards, Subaru Impreza, 2:07:38.2
5, Martin McCormack/David Moynihan, Citroen DS3, 2:10:56.8
6, Alastair Fisher/Daniel Barritt, Ford Fiesta, 2:14:05.0

Championship Positions (provisional)
1 David Bogie 78
2 Elfyn Evans 66
3 Jonny Greer 62
4 Adam Gould 47

Further information on the team, drivers and championship, please visit: www.tegsport.co.uk,www.adamrally.com and www.rallybrc.co.uk.

Pictures copyright free and courtesy of Jakob Ebrey: Adam Gould & Elfyn Evans in action on the Jim Clark International Rally.

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