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Leading rally co-driver Rob Fagg fulfilled a
lifetimes dream last weekend – he became a Le Mans
24 Hour driver in his ‘other’ motorsport role of
Rob, who was backed by
www.rallyschool.co.uk, N A Fargher
Newsagents and Northern Tyre and Exhaust Centre, has
been racing for two and half years, and this was
easily the biggest challenge of that short kart
He formed part of the four-driver Dazzle Capital
Kart Endurance Team for the event that took place on
the Circuit Alain Prost, with Castletown Advocate
Hock Chan, a former Island kart champion, Wayne
Hargreave who is also a former champion, and novice
racer Justin Sullivan from the UK.
The team travelled to the most famous venue in all
of motorsport in the middle of last week, ready for
two practice and qualifying days ahead of the race
starting at noon on Saturday.
Chan had the team up to 22nd place of the
40 entrants in the first part of qualifying, but
Fagg was literally in dazzling form when he took to
the wheel, putting the team up to a start spot of 17th
on the grid.
It left hopes high of a good result, though there
was plenty of apprehension ahead of such a daunting
Chan began the race in hot humid conditions, driving
a stint of one and three quarter hours. When he
pitted to hand over to Rob he had team Dazzle in 22nd
GOOOOO time with Fagg at the wheel!
Well yes, but sadly it took less than twenty minutes
into his stint before disaster struck. Flat out on
the fastest part of the track he found he had no
brakes and had to make a split second decision.
Fortunately he was able to take evasive action,
avoiding a tyre wall and taking a trip through a
gravel trap before coming to rest.
Some work to be done! Rob cleared the gravel and
started the engines up, and began to tour back to
the pits to have the brakes repaired. It was just
two hours into the 24.
Unfortunately, even at a relatively slow speed, it
became a struggle and he was carrying was too much
pace for the pit entrance, going off the track once
again, though this time with far worse consequences.
The kart made contact with the wall, damaging the
rear right of the kart and also the steering column,
though he did eventually get it to the teams pit
Despite the huge disappointment, with an immediate
sense that their challenge for a top result was
gone, the team nonetheless set too with repairs.
The kart was next back out on track with Hargreave
at the wheel, but only after thirty minutes were
lost dropping them to dead last. But, the fight back
Taking it in turns to complete two stints each the
team continued to progress back up the leaderboard
as the sun fell and darkness arrived with the team
in 32nd place.
Hargreave and Fagg kept up the pressure, undertaking
the testing night stint from midnight to 6am sharing
the driving duties. They’d moved up to 26th
place by the time a shattered Rob handed over the
driving to a refreshed Chan.
The drama wasn’t over yet however, Fagg discovering
that teammate Hargreave was not well while Sullivan
had suffered bruised ribs due to seat having been
widened in the earlier crash. With both drivers out
of action, Rob was required to complete a further
stint with Chan down to do back to back stints
before a final half an hour.
Midway through Chan’s stint though Sullivan declared
he was fit to drive but on the side of caution the
team decided to send Rob out next followed by
Sullivan to give Chan a chance to refresh should
Sullivan’s ribs not hold out.
Rob completed his now final stint and handed the car
over to Sullivan and Chan to finish the event which
they did without further drama, brining the Dazzle
Capital entry home in 23rd position. Not
a bad result, even if there was a sense of ‘what
might have been’.
“It’s great to make the finish of this event – an
achievement in it’s self but when you suffer a set
back so early as we did, for the team to keep the
motivation and continue is something else” commented
Rob on his return to the island, “The incident we
had is just a freak one although I am a little
embarrassed with the pit wall altercation, but the
damage could be repaired and the kart felt great.”
Rob is also all too aware that the result could not
have been possible without the help of many people.
“I must thank those that supported me to enable me
to take part – N A Fargher Newsagents, Northern Tyre
and Exhaust Centre and
www.rallyschool.co.uk have been great
helping towards the cost” explained Rob, “But not to
be forgotten are those that kept the kart running,
Chris Howland and Paul Whitmore did a great job pre
and throughout the event and also a big thank you to
the MS Lucas team who dived in to help in our time
of need. Thanks to all.”
Attentions now turn back to rallying with the
Pokerstars Rally on July 22nd and 23rd
where Rob will hope to get his Manx Rally
Championship campaign back on track.
Rob is supported in 2011 by Cannon Tech.
(Scotland) Ltd (www.cannontech.co.uk),
Robert Graham & Co Quantity Surveyors, Synergy IT (www.synergyit.co.im),
Cable Design Services (www.cdsl.net),
Holton Homes (www.holtonhomes.co.uk),
Nicky Grist Motorsport (www.nickygrist.com)
and Fastime Stopwatches (www.astopwatch.com)