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Carvers Traders Rally

Burnham-on-Sea Motor Club

18th/19th January 2014

Clerk of the Course: James How

Route: 122 Miles

Maps: 180 & 181

Starters: 24

Winners: Kevin Willis/Liam Burns (Peugeot 206)

Kevin Willis/Liam Burns started their campaign to win the South Western Championship in the best possible style by taking a dominant win on the Carvers Traders Rally.

The event, a virtually non-stop affair, proved to be a testing experience for both crew members; weather conditions weren’t good and there were numerous triangle controls to find and negotiate.

Willis/Burns held a slender one second lead at the one-third mark from Phil Luxton/Alex Giles-Townsend, however the latter’s challenge ended when something in their Astra’s drive chain failed.

Roger Holder/Peter Barnard then took up the chase. They were 50 seconds down on the leaders at Petrol but then had a disastrous second half when they had a major wrong slot and ended by cutting route to get to the Finish.

The leaders had a scare late on when they lost time beached on a triangle despite this they romped home to win by almost six minutes.

The Semi-Expert crew of David Thorpe/Andy Lowe took the runner up spot. Dave Whittock/Ross Whittock might have taken that position but they were another crew to get stuck on a triangle; they lost seven minutes as a result.

Gavin Rogers/Georgina Clark had been expected to do well but retired on the first section.