MacCrone fifth in Finlandposted in WRC04 | 08 | 2012
SCOTLAND'S MOST TALENTED young rally driver, 22-year-old John MacCrone from the Isle of Mull, finished fifth in the latest round of the World Rally Championship Academy in Finland.
Running over the same ultra-fast stages as the WRC Rally Finland, MacCrone backed up his fifth-place finish in the last round in Greece with another mature drive.
"I've got to be happy with that," MacCrone, co-driven in his Palletforce and Tunnocks-backed Ford Fiesta R2 by Glasgow's Stuart Loudon, admitted today.
"I set myself the target of a top five finish before the event started, so I'm pretty chuffed to finish fifth again, on my first year in the WRC Academy and first time in Finland."
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MacCrone bagged the top five position despite being forced to nurse his damaged car through one of the longest stages of the rally.
"We clattered a rock fairly heavily at high speed midway through the stage," MacCrone explained, "and the impact bent the car's front-left wishbone.
"After that we were forced to back-off and just get the car to the end of the stage. If it hadn't been for that, we'd probably have finished fourth."
The gruelling, three-day high-speed event was won by Elfyn Evans. The Welshman's second win in the opening three rounds moved him into the lead in the championship.
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