Breen fends off four-wheel-drive cars on his way to emo­tional vic­tory for for­mer co-driver

West­wales Rally Spares Jaffa Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Si­mon Gronow

On a day that should have favoured four-wheel-drive cars, new Citroen WRC driver Craig Breen took an emo­tional vic­tory on the West Wales Rally Spares Jaffa Stages as he and girl­friend Vivi­enne Hen­nessy took their Ford Es­cort Mk2 to a 23-se­cond win.

“This win means a lot to me,” he said, the event be­ing run in trib­ute to his late co-driver Gareth ‘Jaffa’ Roberts. A good last stage fea­tured Es­cort crew Kevin and Charles Tap­pin over­tak­ing the Mit­subishi Lancer E9 crewed by Phil Turner/lowri Leeke for se­cond place.

Thank­fully the rain had stopped, though the stages at the Welsh Mo­tor­sport Cen­tre were still very slip­pery, so sur­pris­ingly it was Breen who set the early pace, one se­cond up on Tap­pin, with Turner a fur­ther nine sec­onds in ar­rears.

On stage two, it was Tap­pin who held the lead af­ter set­ting fastest time ahead of Turner and Breen. Mean­while, for­mer win­ners Bryan Davies/alan Lewis re­tired their Ford Fo­cus with gear­box mal­adies, and Jamie Jukes/ James Mor­gan got stuck on the Beach Road.

Stage three turned out to be the de­cid­ing stage, as Breen/ Hen­nessy were quick­est by 30 sec­onds ahead of Turner/leeke, who suf­fered a day-long mis­fire, while Tap­pin blot­ted his copy­book by los­ing time with an off.

From then on, Breen was never chal­lenged as he went on to record a com­fort­able win. De­spite his prob­lems, Turner was only a se­cond down on the leader on SS4, mov­ing up to se­cond, only for Tap­pin to over­haul the Mit­subishi crew for the run­ner-up spot by one se­cond af­ter set­ting fastest time on the fi­nal stage.

Emyr Mor­gan/paul Jones looked set for fourth place, only to hand the po­si­tion to the Es­cort crew of Si­mon Kemp/si­mon Sum­mers when their Subaru over­heated, as a change of tyres en­abled To­bias Adams/ian Meakin to move up to fifth in their Ford Sierra, ahead of Eirian and Cather­ine Beynon who did well to fin­ish sixth af­ter a year’s lay-off.

John and Gor­don Leigh steered their Vaux­hall Nova to 1600cc hon­ours and fin­ished in ninth place over­all.

Or­gan­iser: Car­marthen Mo­tor Club Ltd When: De­cem­ber 28, 2015 Where: Welsh Mo­tor­sport Cen­tre, Pem­brey Stages: 5 Starters: 70

Re­sults 1 Craig Breen/ Vivi­enne Hen­nessy (Ford Es­cort Mk2) 54m27s; 2 Kevin Tap­pin/ Charles Tap­pin (Es­cort Mk2) +23s; 3 Phil Turner/ Lowri Leeke (Mit­subishi Lancer E9); 4 Si­mon Kemp/ Si­mon Sum­mers (Es­cort Mk2); 5 To­bias Adam/ Ian Meakin (Ford Sierra RS); 6 Eirian Beynon/ Cather­ine Beynon (Es­cort Mk2); 7 Paul But­ler/tom Wood (Subaru Im­preza); 8 Dar­ren James/ Dafydd Sion Lloyd (Lancer E6); 9 John Leigh/ Gor­don Leigh (Vaux­hall Nova); 10 Huw Jones/ Dar­ren Wil­liams (Peu­geot 206 XSI).

Class win­ners 1: Kee­gan Rees/tam­sin Boothby (Nis­san Mi­cra); 2: Leigh/ Leigh; 3: Llyr Jones/ja­son Davies (Es­cort Mk2); 4: Tap­pin/tap­pin; 5: Kemp/ Sum­mers; 6: Turner/ Leeke; 7: Jones/ Wil­liams.

Water­ford man Breen wowed spectators in the Es­cort Mk2

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