Brave rally-driver Yates defies problems in his '˜hardest race'

Plucky Chesterfield driver Rhys Yates overcame a host of dramas to secure a finish in the British leg of the World Rally Championship in Wales over the weekend.

Monday, 30th October 2017, 4:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:58 am
Chesterfield driver Rhys Yates on the finishing line at the Wales Rally. (PHOTO BY: Jakob Ebrey)

In his second world championship event during the month, the 24-year-old suffered a frustrating chain of events in his Brettex Ford Fiesta R5 at the notoriously tough four-day Dayinsure Wales Rally. These included alternator belt failure, which sidelined the car at one point.

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But he still managed to make it over the finish ramp at Llandudno in 40th place overall and 20th in his category after what was a real character-building test in his career progression.

“It was the hardest, most tiring event I have ever done,” said Yates. “Everything was thrown at us, and we only really had one ‘clean’day when everything went to plan. But I was pleased to make it to the finish. I went there to learn, and that’s exactly what I have done.”