Former Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Champion Connor McCloskey led the Rallynuts Severn Valley Stages from start to finish but it’s Andy Davies who heads the 2017 title chase after three points scoring events.
McCloskey and co-driver John Rowan reported a trouble free run through the event’s seven stages in their Ford Fiesta World Rally car and their victory elevates the Irish duo to joint third place in the Championship standings.
A close fought battle for second place was waged between the R5+ specification Ford Fiesta of Martyn and Dawn England and Dylan Davies and Llion Williams in their Subaru Impreza. A spin for the Fiesta on the penultimate stage allowed the Impreza to move ahead but a fastest stage time on the final test snatched the runner up spot back for the West Country couple
While Davies shares third place in the Championship with Connor McCloskey, fourth place on the event was enough to ensure that Andy Davies and co-driver Max Freeman lead the overall championship and the Group N category for less modified cars.Rally
Their closest rivals in both the overall and Group N championship are Surrey driver Wug Utting and co-driver Bob Stokoe who finished the event fifth overall and second in Group N. They trail the series leaders by nine points.
Sixth place for the Ford Escort of David and James Young moves the Norfolk pairing into the lead of the two wheel drive category. There was disappointment for another two wheel crew when the Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver slid off the road on loose gravel on the second stage of the event and were forced to retire their Ford Escort.
The Ravenol Welsh Challenge awards drivers points based on their performance within their class and it is Andy Davies who also leads that while second place is shared by BMW driver Colin Griffiths and Martin Walters in his Honda Civic.
Championship contenders will return to Builth Wells for the next round of the Championship, the Nicky Grist Stages on July 8th. You can find out more about that event on their web site, www.nickygriststages.co.uk, and about the championship on www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, the championship Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.
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ISSUED 4TH JUNE 2017
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Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship. For more information contact 07768 095156
The third points scoring round of the 2017 Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship takes competitors to Builth Wells this weekend (June 3rd) for the Rallynuts Severn Valley Stages.
The two opening rounds saw top points going to two different crews with Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss taking the honours on Rally North Wales while the similar R5 Ford Fiesta of Callum Black and Elliott Edmonson picked up maximum points on the Plains Rally. Two consistent performances by Ieuan Rowlands, however, mean that the Ffestiniog driver and co-driver Emyr Hall currently top the table.
Two points behind the Ford Escort crew are Andy Davies and reigning junior co-driving champion Max Freeman and they will be keen to close that gap this weekend in their Subaru Impreza.
In third place lie Rudi Lancaster and Guy Weaver in their Escort RS1800, two points ahead of Daniel Moss and Sam Allen driving a Mitsubishi Evo 9. Meanwhile, Dylan Davies and co-driver Llion Williams will be looking to get their season back on track after following up their second place points score on Rally North Wales with a non-finish on the Plains.
Among the ranks of Fiesta drivers in action this weekend will be former Champion Conor McCloskey and co-driver Jon Rowan in their World Rally Car and Martyn and Dawn England in their R5+ version.
Andy Davies also leads the Group N category for less modified cars with an eight point advantage over Dan Moss. In third place is Surrey’s Wug Utting with another Impreza pilot, Welshpool’s James Watkins, in fourth. Simon Dalton, meanwhile, will be looking to make up ground after a troubled start to the season in his Subaru.
The two wheel drive standings are headed by overall Championship leader Ieuan Rowlands ahead of Rudi Lancaster with Ieuan’s brother, John Rowlands making it an all Escort top three.
Among the junior competitors, aged under 23, looking to build a points haul in the category is Osian Owen, co-driving the Ford Escort RS of Steve Bennett.
The RAVENOL Welsh Challenge awards points based on a driver’s performance within their class. The lead is currently shared by Andy Davies and Rudi Lancaster with Ieuan Rowlands one point back in third place.
Competitors will cross the start line at the Royal Welsh Showground from 8:30 on Saturday morning to tackle seven classic Mid Wales forest stages before returning to the Showground from 16:00. More information about the event is available on their website, www.severnvalleystages.co.uk with information about the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship available on www.wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on the Championship Facebook page and on twitter @WnRC.
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Issued 30th May 2017
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Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship.