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9th September 2002

MG ON THE PODIUM AT ULSTER RALLY

Gwyndaf Evans and local co-driver Chris Patterson put in a sterling performance in the Pirelli British Rally Championship round at Ulster at the weekend to put the MG ZR on the podium.

After the first day (6 stages) the pairing lay 2nd in the S1600 Class and 13th overall. It wasnít all plain sailing as the MG ZR experienced an engine misfire on the opening three stages. Repairs took place during the scheduled service stop and from then on in Evans was up on the pace for the remainder of the rally eventually finishing 2nd in Class and 5th overall.

Commenting on the success Gwyndaf said: "It was a very happy weekend for me and MG. We experienced a few problems early on but everyone worked so hard to get it right and we were able to take on the PBRC Ulster in style. Just what we needed."

Chris Patterson added: "Iím really pleased with our performance and to have a class win on home soil is a bonus. Itís good news for us and the MG team."

The other MG ZR entry of Rob Stone achieved a Group N3 Class win to place him second in the championship. Rob commented: "The car handled brilliantly on the undulating lanes which were made even more treacherous with torrential rain. We had to conquer many hazards over an eventful two days including crashed cars and loose sheep! Hopefully I can do well in the Trackrod Rally later this month to take the top step of the podium."

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