It was disappointment for Killian Duffy in South America on Saturday when the Mayo man who was co-driving for Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari at Rally Argentina, led the WRC-2 section of the 4 day event from Special Stage 4 to Special Stage12, only to roll their Skoda Fabia onto its roof with 6 stages remaining on the event. The roll resulted in damage being caused to the 4 wheel drive system in the Skoda leaving them with only rear wheel drive and also sustaining a puncture that needed changing when they got the car facing back up the correct way.
Looking back the incident only cost the pair 10 minutes delay but this was enough to knock them out of the lead and wipe any chances or regaining with the time and distance remaining, it didn’t however rule them out as managed to rejoin and finish the event in 3rd place and collect valuable championship points.
Speaking afterwards the Qatari driver said “It was in a very fast section where there was a left hand bend that we carried too much speed towards. We slid and I couldn’t steer the car any more, we went into a bank and we rolled into a field. My co-driver Killian and I were both okay – that’s the main thing the car is strong lots of safety equipment.”
Killian added “We expected the rally to be extremely tough, and that proved to be the case. The route was very rough. In places it was even more extreme than previous years. We were lucky to recover after the roll and come away with third place. Race pro Motorsport done a fantastic job of repairing the car in service allowing us to continue and after leaving the last round in Mexico empty-handed, it was important to score points”.