Jonny Greer underlined the pace of the Simpsons-sponsored Škoda Fabia Super 2000 rally car by claiming a series of fastest stage times on his way to an impressive second overall on the Jim Clark International Rally last weekend.
The 22-year-old from Carryduff in County Down, Northern Ireland, racing the Colne-based Simpsons’ Skoda, set the quickest time on seven of the 15 all-asphalt special stages.
At the finish in the Scottish Borders town of Duns on Saturday evening, Greer was 17.6s behind winner David Bogie.
“My main objective on this rally was to learn how well my Škoda performed on asphalt and to work on the tyre set-ups and the car’s settings in general,” said Greer.
“I’ve felt I’ve been able to adapt to the potential of the car on Tarmac and we’ve been able to push hard.
“We kept the pressure on David all day and that was really important because we really don’t have much experience in the Fabia, which is a new car for me for this season.
“It looks good for the other asphalt rallies later in the year.”
Greer said a hesitant run through Friday evening’s third stage had cost him a shot at outright victory, which would have been his first in the prestigious British Championship.
“The asphalt surface was particularly slippery because of the oil that gets dropped on the road by everyday traffic,” explained Greer.
“I lost a lot of confidence because of this and I wasn’t able to make up the time I dropped even though I tried really hard.”
Greer wasn’t the only Škoda driver on rapid form in Scotland: Irishman Robert Barrable led after winning the opening stage in his Fabia S2000.
His performance meant Fabia drivers won a total of eight stages, more than any other manufacturer. Unfortunately for Barrable he would retire after three stages.
With four rounds of the British Rally Championship run, Greer is third overall in the drivers’ standings with 62 points. Bogie leads with 78.
The British Rally Championship resumes with Greer’s home event, the International Rally Northern Ireland in Antrim from August 19/20th.