Frustrating Weekend for Powell
After the disappointment o retirement on round 2, John Powells Evo 9 was fitted with a new engine before round 3 in Costa Rica.
So at the start of the event John had a 2nd overall in round 1 and a non-finish in round 2 so was in need of a decent finish here. On stage 1 John and his main competition for the championship, Ricardo Trivino were both caught sleeping by youngster Jose Montalto in a Subaru who went 20 seconds quicker than John. Not to worry though as John went fastest on stages 2 and 3 to get within 3 seconds of the lead.
Unfortunately Powells Evo 9 left the road on stage 4 for over 6 minutes. Time loss was not the only problem though, picking up a burst rim and tyre the rim ripped the front brake pipe in two. John managed back to service where there was no spare brake pipes. Our crew managed to swap a rear pipe onto the front to give him full brakes on the front. In the afternoon John set a very good pace and managed to get up to 4th overall in the rally and 2nd in registered points scorers. Being offered this at the end of stage 4 john would have jumped at it but what could have been without that small excursion may be a question John asks over and over.