Spookworks has regrettably been forced to withdraw its entry to the Tyneside Stages this weekend.
A last minute front brake upgrade has exposed a misaligned and damaged front hub carrier and steering arm. The damage is extremely slight, but is enough to create a 2-3mm gap between the caliper and the disc. This would cause uneven braking and therefore constitutes a safety risk. Spookworks do not take risks with safety and have therefore withdrawn from the event. My thanks go out to the Spookworks team for working late into the night and early hours of the morning to try every possible solution to fix the problem and to Olly, Tim and the boys at Roger Clark Motorsport for an heroic last ditch effort to try and come to the rescue (again). The decision to withdraw was made late Friday night after all possible avenues were exhausted. New parts will arrive early next week and Spookworks will line up ready for the Richard burns Memorial Rally in 2 weeks time.
|The scene of battle - Despite the best efforts from Olly and his boys at Roger Clark sadly the Spookworks Impreza is out of action for the 2011 Tyneside Stages|
The Spookworks Team Director would like to apologise to all Spookworks supporters, sponsors, Alnwick and District Motor Club and fellow RAF Competitors and has already declared that Spookworks will now enter the Woodbridge Stages in place of the Tyneside for 2011. He stated:
"This is an unbelievable disappointment for us all and we are all upset at this quirk of fate. We were looking forward to a ding dong battle across the Otterburn Ranges with our old sparring partner Phil Bruce and the new Fox Racing guys from Scotland. The car was in great shape and we had high expectations, but sadly this smallest of misalignments could not be resolved at the 11th hour. We will however be back for the Richard Burns Memorial Rally fully fighting fit and ready to go. Thankfully we only have to wait 2 weeks to get back into the action. I would like to apologise to all our supporters and sponsors and wish all the RAF Competitors a safe and successful event. I would finally like to thank the Spookworks crew and Olly and the guys at Roger Clark for their heroic last efforts to try to keep the car in the event."
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ~Walt Disney