Mid Wales Stages
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Newtown & District Automobile Club
20th June 2010
Clerk of the Course: Chris Tomley
Stages (Historic): 6 Stages (55 Stage Miles)
Stages (Clubman): 5 Stages (45 Stage Miles)
Location: Hafren, Sweet Lamb, Tarenig & Myherin
Starters: Clubman: 37, Historic: 64
MID WALES HISTORIC STAGES
Category 1 Results
Category 2 Results
Category 3 Results
MID WALES CLUBMAN STAGES
Shaun Gardener/Ben Innes, winners in 2007, emerged from the tightest of battles just ahead of 2008 winners Daniel Siguroarson/Andrew Sankey. The two crews couldn’t be separated after the first two of the event’s five stages, they took exactly the same times over both of the tests in Hafren.
Siguroarson then managed to pull out a two second lead over the nine and a half miles of the Pikes Peak stage, only to lose the advantage on the penultimate test when the Icelandic driver put the Evo onto two wheels. Co-driver Sankey reported that car hung in the air, on the balance of rolling, for so long that Siguroarson had enough time to switch the ignition off before the Evo fell back on to its wheels.
This moment was enough for Gardener/Innes to snatch back seven seconds. They then eked out another second on the final stage, through the Bowl at Sweet Lamb, to finish six seconds ahead.
Damian Cole/George Gwynn took fastest time on the opening test but then lost ground with intercom problems before hitting back with the quickest time on the final stage.
These three crews were well clear of the field, from where the chase was led by the last minute entry of Shon Rees/Owain Davies. They brought their Impreza into fourth, over two minutes behind Cole, but only just in front of local favourites Dan Humphreys/Ian Pryce.
The drive of the rally came from Martyn Lewis/Richard Lewis who peddled the Severn Fast Fit 1400cc Nova in spectacular style to eighth overall. A position gained despite having to run much of the final stage stuck in third gear.
A close battle had been expected between local crews in the RWD category. However two of the fancied protagonists disappeared on the opening stage. Former Clerk of the Course Richard Edwards went out with his Escort stuck in gear, while his son Darren had the core plug drop out of his Chevette’s engine. Geraint Mills/Jonny ‘Tad’ Evans took the class win in their Manta having survived an off on the second stage and clutch problems on Myherin.