to Sydney Marathon
5th June - 4th July 2004
Day 16 - Coimbatore
to Mysore (India)
McANDREW WINS TWO
BUT BREAKS GEARBOX
Joe McAndrew piled on the pressure today
over two unique gravel stages set in a wind farm but try as
he might he could only best McRae by six seconds on the first
and a scant single second on the final one of the day.
But such was the demand he made of his machinery
to achieve this that second gear cried enough. He started
the stage with a 6-speed gearbox and finished with just five
of them working. It will be a long evening for the service
It's probably the first time a Honda gearbox
has been serviced in the front garden of the Maharajas' palace
in Mysore, which is where 50 of the fortunate crews are staying.
Another with mechanical problems is Paul
Darrouzet who ground to a halt today with a damaged engine,
likely a legacy of the big off he had yesterday. He plans
to get the Capri on to the Antonov and back to Australia,
rebuild the engine and continue.
Anthony Ward in sixth place overall in his
Mk 1 Escort is now the leading classic with the V8s of Garry
Leeson and Peter Cochrane in 11th and 12th places overall
holding down second and third places in the classic category.
Dr Gerald Brandstetter, in what has become
his 3-cylinder Escort, is a man in demand. With his little
black bag of medicaments he has been 'repairing' the Delhi
Bellies of drivers and mechanics.
"I broke a valve spring and as a result
I am limping along with the three cylinders. But it's a good
arrangement, I fixed the tummy of one of the mechanics and
in return he's helping me with my engine." more...
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