Russell suffers first retirement

Russ Thompson
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Russ Thompson suffered his first retirement of the season at the Somerset Stages Rally last Saturday, following a crash at the end of the third stage of 12.

The 27-year-old had just completed the Knowle 1 test when the car slipped on loose gravel after the flying finish boards and slid into a tree.

Over the first two stages, a double run over the Porlock toll road, Thompson was 11 seconds under his time from the same stage in 2014, and he was showing a similar improvement over Knowle before a spin just prior to the finish.

It was however a case of being thankful for small mercies as although the car suffered damage, the tree stopped Thompson and co driver Andy Murphy from rolling down a sizeable embankment and suffering more substantial damage to the car and themselves.