Nanango rally driver under the throttle at Wowan
IN PURSUIT of championship points, Nanango rally driver Rob Bishop was put under pressure before the race had even started last Saturday.
As he offloaded his car at the second leg of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship in Wowan, near Rockhampton, the throttle position sensor failed.
"(With a broken TPS) you can't control the throttle position at all, you can't control the RPMs," Bishop said.
A frantic search for a new TPS in the service park offered no luck for Bishop.
Luckily for Bishop, long-time mate from Coffs Harbour Tristan Chard was on hand and scoured a wrecker for a TPS which would fit his Mitsubishi Evolution 6 Lancer.
The $2 replacement saved Bishop a lot of money with a new TPS costing more than $450 at a dealer and the chance to net valuable points.
After this mad panic in the pits Bishop finally made his way to the start but was handed a 1min 55sec penalty for the late start.
Just as well the fast stretches of road suited Bishop who was able to make up for the lost time.
"I managed to cut that time down bar 16 seconds," he said.
At the end of the round Rob Bishop finished second in the Queensland Championship class.
As Bishop chased down the time he blew a boost hose which slowed him down.
"I had to do two stages without much boost from the turbo," he said.
Bishop said he hoped the third leg of the championship would treat him better as he vies for the lead in the International Rally of Queensland on the Sunshine Coast on June 18-19.