Archive for February, 2008

One last look back

With the memories of the 2007 season now beginning to fade a little, I thought I’d allow us one final look back on a highly successful but challenging and interesting season – as well as giving you an opportunity to see some of the team outside of their usual grubby rally attire!

Henry and Sarah pick up their awards at the National Hillrally Championship dinner

Henry and Sarah pick up the prize for top Super Production entry in the National Hillrally Championship at the awards dinner last month.

2007 was a year of firsts for the Friesian Racing team:

  • First engine rebuild
  • First headline sponsor:  Thanks for your help all the folk at Allmakes 4×4
  • First podium finish:  Baja GB 3rd Overall (National)
  • First fastest stage time:  Final stage of Scottish Border’s Hillrally
  • First stage time under bogey:  Final stage of the Scottish Border’s Hillrally
  • First time we’ve met a closed farm gate on stage route:  Scottish Perthshire Hillrally
  • First time we’ve got stuck on stage:  Scottish Perthshire Hillrally
  • First time we’ve completely swapped roles:  Michael Bruce co-drove for me on the Scottish Borders Hillrally (It used to be the other way around)

But third time we’ve come home Super Production class champions in the National Hillrally Championship.

For 2008 – we’ll elucidate on our plans for 2008 further in a future post, but current plans include a full rewire of the car (underway) and interior fettle as well as a fresh look at the suspension. 

Competition wise, we hope to compete in whole the National Hillrally championship and the Baja GB.  Dates and links to more information on the events page –

Just left to say thanks to everyone who helped us out this year:

Sarah Suter for her excellence in the co-driver’s seat.  I’m going to miss your dedication, concentration and giggles this year.  It’s going to be difficult to replace your enthusiasm for the team and the competition in 2008.  Sarah’s going to be a mummy!

Richard Suter for his patience in seeing the love of his life strapped into a Discovery masquerading as a Friesian cow and for his graciousness in defeat! 😉

Andrew, Sue, Joel, Dave, David and Mike for using up their precious holiday to follow us around the country and keep us in the straight and narrow in all conditions – it fair to say that 2007 wasn’t the driest of years and the cold and wet makes servicing all the more unpleasant and a lot less fun.  Thanks guys – I’ve booked the weather for 2008.

Some of the herd prepare for the long trip home after the Perthshire Scottish Hillrally - first time that weekend that the sun had come out!

L-R Sue, Joel, Andrew, Sarah and Henry mentally prepare themselves for the long journey home after the Scottish Perthshire Hillrally last July.

My parents Nigel and Ronnie for doing more than their fair share of fetching, carrying, fabrication, car-building, de-stressing and catering.  Not to mention far too many gearbox rebuilds – I will learn!  I can’t thank you enough.

Michael Bruce for stepping in at the last minute to navigate on the Scottish Borders and doing a sterling job, guiding us to a class win as well as physically dragging the car over an kilometre out of the stage when the steering rod failed in the dark on Saturday night.

To the guys at Allmakes who’ve delivered the goods to tight timescales and panic requests all year long with no sign of a grumble.  Dave, Sam, Grace, and Richard thanks!  Their stockholding was invaluable to us this year delivering quality parts on time!

And to all our other suppliers – most of you know who you are – too many to mention by name just now, but thanks!

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