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PIRELLI MOTORSPORT UK WELSH FOREST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

DYLAN MAKES A COMEBACK WHILE TOM RETURNS TO NUMBER ONE

Reigning Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Champion Dylan Davies returned to the sport after an eight month lay-off on Sunday (23rd June) and showed he has lost none of the pace that took him to last year’s title.

Dylan tackled the Red Kite Stages, organised by Amman and District Motor Club, in a hired R5 specification Ford Fiesta. With co-driver Mark Glennerster alongside him he led from the first to the final special stage, overcoming a late scare to take outright victory. The scare came on the final stage when the engine briefly cut out, costing the duo around 10 seconds before they got it fired back up.

Second place went to Russ Thompson and Andy Murphy following a rally long battle with 2018 Junior Champion Matt Hirst and co-driver Declan Dear. Thompson and Murphy had the upper hand for the opening two stages in their Mitsubishi Evo IX but following the first service halt of the rally Hirst and Dear moved ahead of their rivals and maintained their advantage until the final stage when a puncture on their Mitsubishi dropped them outside the top 10.

In addition to taking second place, Thompson and Murphy also claimed maximum Group N points ahead of Wug Utting and Bob Stokoe in their Subaru Impreza.

Third place overall and top honours in the two-wheel drive category, sponsored by Lightning House, went to Steve Bennett and Osian Owen in their Mark II Ford Escort RS1800. Second among the two-wheel drive runners were Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver with Tom Llewellin and Patrick Walsh making it an Escort 1-2-3 while Llewellin was top Junior driver.

With pre-event championship leader Scott Faulkner absent while his car undergoes some redevelopment work, it is Llewellin who also climbs back to the top of the overall driver standings, seven points ahead of second placed Matt Hirst. Russ Thompson is a further 10 points back in third place while Faulkner slips down to fourth.

Declan Dear tops the co-drivers’ table, 15 points clear of Jim Lewis with Andy Murphy a further two points back.

Wug Utting heads the Group N category while Russ Thompson moves past the absent Scott Faulkner and Zak Hughes and into second place. Bob Stokoe is top placed Group N co-driver ahead of Andy Murphy and Gareth Parry.

Tom Llewellin retains his lead among the two-wheel drive runners, now 21 points clear of fellow Escort driver Chris Powell while Hywel Davies climbs up to third in his Escort. Jim Lewis leads the way among the two-wheel drive co-drivers from Tom Murphy and Simon Jones.

Llewellin also extends his lead in the Junior driver category, sponsored by OnthePaceNote.com, with Gethin Price and Zak Hughes second and third respectively.

Tom Murphy leads the Junior co-drivers from Rhys Stoneman who suffered his second successive retirement from a Championship round. Third place is held by Keaton Williams despite his absence at the weekend.

Tom Llewellin holds a commanding lead in the drivers’ category of the RAVENOL Welsh Challenge with a 51 points advantage over Josh Taylor although only four points separate Taylor from third placed Andy Fox.

Things are closer in the co-drivers’ section of the Challenge, leader Tom Murphy just nine points clear of Simon Jones and Jessica Hockly a further five points back in third place.

The next round of the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship is the Nicky Grist Stages. The Builth Wells based event takes place on 13th July. You can find put more about the event on the official website, www.nickygriststages.co.uk and about the championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

Images below by Paul Lawrence

Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Forest Rally Championship.

Despite an 8 month layoff  Dylan Davies took top points.

Steve Bennett and Osian Owen finished third overall and top two-wheel drive crew.

News from the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK

British Historic Rally Championship

 

Webster tops BHRC on Red Kite Stages

 

Simon Webster and Jez Rogers scored their first championship win on round four of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship, Sunday’s Red Kite Stages (23 June).

 

The very popular win came at the end of a wonderful day-long contest with Steve Bennett and Osian Owen in the forests of South Wales. As thick dust in the morning was replaced by heavy rain, the Red Kite Stages drew widespread acclaim from competitors for the quality of stages in the Margam and Rheola complexes. While Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver took third overall, Stanley Orr and Graham Henderson (Ford Escort Mk1) netted another Category 2 to move to the top of the championship standings after four of the seven rounds.

 

As well as being the fourth of seven BHRC rounds, the Red Kite Stages was also the fourth round of BHRC2 supported by Sherwood Engines, which puts the emphasis on the Category 1 (pre-1968) and up to 1600cc cars in the championship, and the fourth round of the BHRC Forest Challenge, supported by Rally and Competition Equipment.

 

Webster was flying from the start and took an immediate eight second lead in SS1, Margam. Bennett had to respond and did so a few minutes later in SS2, Bryn, to pull the gap back to five seconds. On the first Rheola stage the times were tied, while SS4, Glyncastle, was cancelled due to an accident involving a non-historic car. As rain started to fall, crews left service for a longer Margam stage and a re-run of Rheola, with Webster leading by just five seconds.

 

Bennett really attached the Margam stage and turned a five second deficit into a one-second lead. However, with the benefit of two fresh rear tyres that they fitted before the final stage, Webster went three seconds faster to grab victory by just two seconds. “That’s just an amazing result,” said an elated and slightly incredulous Webster.

 

Never far adrift of the lead contest, Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver were a fine third with nine seconds in hand over fourth placed Adrian Hetherington/Ronan O’Neill. Orr/Henderson took fifth to win Category 2 despite a major late challenge from Josh Browne/Jane Edgington, who pulled back eight seconds in the last two stages to bring the margin down to four seconds. Browne dominated class D3 with fine pace in his Pinto-powered Escort Mk2. John Perrott and Andrew Sankey took seventh overall and second in Category 2, despite a high-speed encounter with a dear, finishing ahead of Tim Freeman/Paul Williams.

 

Among the classes, the big story was in C2 as Stuart and Linda Cariss took an unexpected victory. Losing seven minutes with a first stage roll put them well out of contention but their two major rivals were out by the end of SS2 and so the husband and wife team came through to win. Young Rory McCann set a stunning pace in the opening stage to be sixth fastest in Tim Tugwell’s Avenger but was soon sidelined by distributor problems. Meanwhile, Philip Atkinson and Louise Gilks should have taken the class but were soon out with a failed head gasket.

 

Brothers Malcolm and Ronald Mounsey took class D2 in their Sunbeam Talbot and David Kynaston/Val Thompson kept the Triumph TR7 V8 going well to take class D4.

 

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More details about the FUCHS LUBRICANTS Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship can be found at www.racrmc.org

 

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Issued by Paul Lawrence, tel 01952 510382 (e: paul@tfmpr.com)

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