Glastonbury driver Paul Lund tops his class at French rally
Glastonbury racing driver Paul Lund has continued his impressive overseas form with another class win in the All-Terrain Rallying campaign at one of the biggest events in the European off-road calendar.
The Dunes et Marais Rally takes place in south west France and covers 136km of gruelling off-road stages and Lund was keen to add to his success after winning his class last year.
Heavy rain made for difficult conditions for the opening 15km stage across fields as the small engine in Lund's Toyota Rav4 made life difficult against the more powerful cars in the T2 class.
That stage was contested twice on Saturday but the other two shorter stages comprised a series of farm tracks and also went through trees, which were more suited to the team.
"I drove the wheels off it, crashing all over the place and was leading the T2/1 class and third in T2 on Saturday evening," explained Lund.
Conditions improved a little for the Sunday and Lund secured two fastest stage times in the T2 class but on the third to last stage, the Rav clipped a 45-gallon drum full of concrete and damaged a font lower wishbone.
"I knew it was bad as the steering wheel was miles out of line and the car was oversteering. Luckily we were able to limp back to service – lucky because it was nearly broken right through," said Lund.
The team decided to change the part but it took longer than anticipated and the clock ran out, meaning they had to take a time penalty.
"Having gone a long way to compete, that was not going to be the end," said Paul.
"So I went like mad again and finally finished first in class and second in all of the T2 machines."