A first retirement of the season was the story of Russ Thompson’s Nicky Grist Stages last weekend, after a heavy impact with a compression in the road caused him to retire after only two of the event’s eight special stages.
Heading into the weekend at the top of both the overall BTRDA Gold Star series and the BTRDA Production Cup, the 26 year old had hoped to strengthen his position.
Disaster struck mid-way through the day’s second stage, when, approaching at full speed, Thompson’s car bottomed out at the end of an incline with a huge bang, cracking the gearbox casing, and the windshield.
“It was a pretty frustrating way to be knocked out. You can accept it when it’s through a mistake of your own but when you’re taking advice from the organisers, who stood by the flat note when questioned it’s pretty hard to take” said Thompson.
Russ’ next event is the Woodpecker Stages around Ludlow on August 30th.