No Home Run
The promise of a driver's home event can often make all the difference in the world but the 2011 Scottish Rally was to be run on all-new stages, giving the British duo no home advantage.
Not that you'd have known it. Guy and Phil started the event like scorched rabbits, going fastest on Friday's first two opening stages, heading into Saturday as the rally's overall leader. "It was slippery but exactly as expected," reported Guy at the end of Day One.
Day Two began well and by Stage Five, Guy was just 3.4 seconds off the lead in second place before spinning it all away. "It was my fault. For some reason the car was behaving a little peculiar so I had it in my head that it was a puncture but I knew that I wasn't going to stop to change it and was planning to drag the car through. But it wasn't getting any better and I pushed too hard and took one risk too many. The car went broadside down the road in a fast left."
The spin cost the pair six minutes, dropping them to 23rd place, after the front of the car became caught in a ditch, spinning 360 degrees and beaching itself. Out of contention for victory, Guy kept it together to finish the day 15th overall. Sadly, damage to the Peugeot UK 207 eventually meant Guy and Phil would retire from the event.