RALLY and TOURS

RALLY and TOURS 2019
“Get it Sideways” Stages Rally 6th April 2019………..View Galleries
LLOYDS FINALLY BANK A WIN AT DOWN AMPNEY
 
Welsh crew Wayne Lloyd/Will Lloyd took the win aboard their Ford Escort Mk2 after many years of trying on the Cheltenham Motor Club organised Get It Sideways Stages Rally held on the concrete roads of the former RAF Down Ampney on Saturday 6th April. Topping the timesheets on 8 of the 10 stages Lloyd/Lloyd surged to a winning margin of 28 seconds from the Davrian Dragon Evo of Rick Neale/Edward Gamble with the top 3 completed by the 1600cc Vauxhall Nova of Sam Davies/Matt Lloyd although on times the class E winning Subaru Impreza of Nigel Mee/John Fellowes would have taken third spot by 2 seconds had 4wd cars counted towards the overall results on a day which cold and slippery conditions left grip at a premium in the early stages before giving way to brighter weather and dustier roads later on for the 66 crews which started the event. Words Steve EDP

 

Marshall and Hicks Print Ltd “Tour of Caerwent” 2019 View Galleries
A DRIVING LESSON FROM CARR IN CAERWENT
 
Driving instructor Kev Carr with navigator Chris Pippen guided their Ford Escort Mk2 to the victory of the Marshall & Hicks Print Ltd Tour of Caerwent held on the 24th March in the extensive Caerwent Military Training complex organised by Forresters Car Club. Fastest out of the blocks on SS1 were Ford Fiesta R5 crew James Self/Ian Davis who tied on time with Llyr Jones/Emma Louise Todd’s Mk2 Escort with Carr/Pippen down in 7th 9 seconds from the front but a reshuffle on SS2 saw northern visitors Mark Jasper/Don Whyatt in another Mk2 Escort move into the lead with Carr/Pippen racing up to second having topped the times and the 2 litre Nissan Micra ‘Kit Car’ of Marcus Pagett/Rhys Stoneman popping into third. Carr/Pippen stamped their authority on the event thereafter taking the lead on SS3 with another fastest time then doing the same on SS4 and SS5 before a controlled run through the final stage saw them take the win by 25 seconds from the Self/Davis Fiesta and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 of Phil Turner/Simon Anthony in third after an ever changing battle for the podium positions which saw second to sixth covered by a mere 39 seconds. The next event in the challenging venue will be the Acorn Travel Midsummer Caerwent Rally on June 16th.Words Steve EDP
 

 

 

 

 

 

RALLY and TOURS 2018
“Tour of Caerwent” Stage Rally 25 March 2018……….View Galleries
“Get it Sideways” Stage Rally 7 April 2018……………View Galleries
Acorn Travel Midsummer Caerwent 10th June 2018.. View Galleries
Valleys and Villages Classic Tour 5th August 2018……View Galleries
Raintite Coated Metals Curzon Wealth Management Patriot Stages 2018.View Galleries

Dominant Dave Willett wins Patriot Stages

Ford Escort Mk2 crew Dave Willett/John Davies eased to a 2 minutes 20 seconds victory on the Raintite Coated Metals Patriot Stages held in the Caerwent training area on the 30th September. A blistering opening stage time put them 29 seconds clear of the field and they would build on their advantage throughout the day heading home fellow Mk2 crew Damian Cole/Steve Durbin with the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 of Thomas Cooper/Ian Davis in third. The event also hosted a round of the Junior 1000 championship for drivers aged between 14 and 17 years old which saw Elliot Payne/Dom Adams take the win in their Citroen C1 by 2 minutes 8 seconds from another Citroen C1 crewed by Edward Lewis/Sam Bilham but Rob Wilson/Martin Haggett were fighting Payne/Adams hard with the pair split by just 4 seconds after SS4 before losing 2 and a half minutes on SS5. Words Steve EDP.

 

Devizes and District Motor Club ran their annual “Valleys and Villages Classic Tour” on Sunday 5th August 2018, The Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor flagged the cars away from the Rugby Football Club, the route was varied and included selection of interesting sites and remote driving the lanes on one of the hottest days of the year!

 

Munden masters Midsummer Caerwent
 
Subaru Impreza crew Jim Munden and Jon Leigh took victory on the Acorn Travel Midsummer Caerwent rally organised by Forresters Car Club on Sunday 10th June held in the demanding Caerwent training complex. Eventually going on to win by 1 minute 8 seconds after the six special stages the Bristol based crew were challenged hard early on by the Darrian T90 GTR of David Morgan/Richard Suter who trailed Munden/Leigh by a solitary second after 2 stages before a costly spin dropped them to fourth overall after stage 4 moving the 2-litre Nissan Micra ‘Kit Car’ of Marcus Pagett/Rhys Stoneman and the Mk2 Escort of Llyr Jones/Theresa Fossey up into the podium positions although the order would change again on the final two stages with the Jones/Fossey Escort first to go out with a loss of oil and then on the final stage a battery problem put out the Pagett/Stoneman Micra from second overall promoting the Morgan/Suter Darrian back up to second with the Nissan Sunny F2 ‘Kit Car’ of Carl O’Grady/Sophie King moving up to third 2 minutes 43 second down on Munden/Leigh although this was still a commendable result as O’Grady’s navigator suffered from motion sickness all day!
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