Well we did it
About 2 yrs after we decided to go down the 1400 route we have finished our first rally with the new engine.
Conditions were horrendous. You had a choice between sheet ice and 4-5inches of snow.
Rally was based in the Forest of Dean. We started as car 261 which isnt quite as bad as it sounds due to the class structure for seeding. Out of the 1400's we were starting at 54th out of 60.
SS1 Snow and sheet ice.Bit of a disaster as we got stuck in a queue of cars trying to get up a hill for about 10 mins.
SS2 Sheet iceCaught and passed 2 cars in 6 miles.
SS3 Snow and sheet ice. Caught and passed one car. Couldnt get passed the second before the finish.
SS4 Tarmac and gravel quick blast around the race course.
SS5 Snow. up to 6" deep. Caught and passed one car.
SS7 Re run of SS2 with some changes. some dirt track was showing in places along with the sheet ice and snow off the sections we hadnt used before. All was going well until a mile from finish and we put it in a ditch for 3 mins. Thanks if you were one of the people who pushed us out.
Eventually finished 105th out of 180, 28th 1400. Without problems we would ahve finished 90th and and about 14th 1400.
Got some decorating to do now before I can play again.
Thanks to everyone on this site who helped me get the car there.