Alongside co driver Melanie Holmes, Barnes was fortunate to stay in the competition during the sixth stage Nike Thea Mid
Having completed the seventh and final stage in more conventional style, the Swindon driver finish the rally 69th overall and third in his historic class.
"The steering wheel was wrenched from my hands and we braced for a big ending but somehow we kept facing ahead. I kept the car moving to bring it back onto the track and remarkably we had no critical damage and were able to complete the stage without losing too much time."
Despite the terrible recent weather, 150 teams gathered for seven gruelling stages in the Forest of Dean in the build up to the start of the Wyedean Rally.
the rough forest verge, bounced into the Air Max New 2015 air and for a moment we expected a big accident. But having landed okay, next came a felled tree trunk about 10 inch diameter across our path and, with no way of avoiding it, we hit it and jumped over the log, a bit like a horse at Badminton.
Barnes said: "We were about 10 miles into the 13 mile stage and were pushing quite hard. It was all about being neat Nike Air Max 2015
of the race around Speech House, as he came close to crashing out of the contest.
"Once in the mud the car just got sucked further to the edge and we went off the track at about 80mph. We ran up onto Nike Air Max Tavas 37
SWINDON racer Ian Barnes got his 2014 British Trial and Rally Drivers Association Forest Rally Series and Welsh Historic Rally Championship campaign off and running last weekend.
and keeping to the narrow, dry lines made by the previous cars but on a long, fast straight I made a slight mistake and drifted to the right onto the mud to the side of the clear line.
"I needed a good start to the year," he said. "Last year was a little disappointing but we have re grouped and got off to a solid finish in difficult conditions and, as a self funded amateur, just competing at this level is a challenge so any good finish is a very respectable achievement.
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