THE ENGLANDâ€™S MAINTAIN A STRONG LEAD
PATRIOT STAGES REMAINS AN FMP ROUND
CURRENT CHAMP ENTERS TOP 5
CRUEL LUCK FOR BROWN / GOLDING
PRYCE AND SPENCER SPORT HELP PROMOTE WALES AIR AMBULANCE
Nicky Grist Stages
Taunton couple Martin and Dawn England have strengthened their existing lead with fourth place on the Nicky Grist Stages. With little breeze and dry conditions dust hampered their progress early on before the organisers allowed a two minute gap between the Top 20 contenders. The event, which is undoubtedly the most prestigious in the Championship had a ceremonial start in Builth Wells and was also a round of the British Rally Championship.
The Cardiganshire based SPENCER SPORT Rally Team assisted in raising the profile of Wales Air Ambulance on the event by running FMP / WAA stickers on the Fiesta R5â€™s of Osian Pryce / Dale Furniss and James Williams / Dai Roberts.
Rally Star Osian who ran at Car 1 on the event said that he was delighted to show his support.
Bad luck befell regular contenders Terry Brown and Den Golding when a fan failure on the way to the first stage lead to the car overheating. To Â save â€˜cookingâ€™ the engine the crew reluctantly withdrew though Den, who competed on the non championship tarmac section of the event the next day, took victory with Damien Cole.
Contenders Give Overwhelming Support
Challenge Co-ordinator Terry Frayne had a big task on his hands in recent weeks having to gain a reply from all 50 contenders to agree to an event date change. The sports governing body, the MSA stipulates that all contenders must agree to prevent a rally from being excluded from a Championship. Terry said, â€˜I was really heartened by the 100% positive response from the contenders for their selfless approachâ€™.Â Even though a couple cannot make the new date and could potentially lose out many stated that they were happy to do whatever was the best for the Championship and for promoters Maesteg and District Motor Club.
Current FMP Â Champion co-driver and MSA Academy nominee Siobhan Pugh has joinedÂ partner Arwel Jenkins in the current Â Top 5 by finishing third in her class on the Nicky Grist Stages.Â Arwel currently lies 3rd.
There are still a few entries left on the next round, Brecon Motor Clubâ€™s Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt.
Total After Round 5 – The Nicky Grist Stages
Martyn England 103. Richard Barrow 69. Paul Gunter 58. Â Andy Davies 53. Sacha Kakad 35. Silah Hijazi 31. Jason Gardner 30. Ian Godney 30.Â Jason Hodge 30. Aaron Jones J 30. William Mains 30. Chris Ransley 30.Â Paul Robins 30. Dale Clatworthy*** 28. Â Mike Pugsley 28.Â Peter Stephenson 28. Mal Bayliss 26.Â Terry Brown 26. Thomas Cooper J 26.Â Chris Jones 26. Michael Jones J 26. Phill Lloyd 26. Ron Morgan 26.Â Garry Mannion 24. Ian Taylor #24. Richard James 15. Sara Williams** 13. Richard Merriman 5. Wynne Watkins* 5. David Williams 5.
Dawn England 103. Chris Ransley-Simkiss* J 82. Arwel Jenkins 69****. Andrew Richards 69. Siobhan Pugh J 57. Lee Taylor J 54. Den Golding 49. Simon Jones 31. Graham Cox 30. Owen Evans J 30. Alan Hinton 30. Tudor Jenkins 30. Ian Taylor****. Marc Clatworthy*** 28. Sean Jones J 26.Â Lee Taylor J 24. Den Golding 23. Annalize James J 15. Mark Glennester** 13. Gavin Haycock 12. Huw Evans 5. Ashley Trimble 5*.
J â€“ Juniors
Points which include overseas scores:
*Manx National Rally ** Rallye Antibes *** ORC Canal Rally
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