Fran­cis and How­ells take North Wales wins

North­wales Rally Ser­vices Rally North­wales

Motor Sport News - - Rally North Wales Report - By Si­mon Gronow Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Wolverhampton & South Stafford­shire Car Club When: April 2 Dol­gel­lau Cham­pi­onships: Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Cham­pi­onship; Land Rover De­fender Chal­lenge: ASWMC Loose Sur­face Cham­pi­onship; ANWCC For­est Stage Cham­pi­onship Stages: 5 (Na­tional B); 6 (Na­tional A) Starters: 46 (Na­tional B); 16 (Na­tional A)

Where: Af­ter set­ting fastest time on ev­ery stage, Luke Fran­cis/john Roberts took a dom­i­nant win on the Na­tional A sec­tion of Rally North Wales in their Mit­subishi Lancer E9. Be­hind, Ieuan Row­lands/ Emyr Hall held on to the run­ner- up spot in their Ford Es­cort Mk2 de­spite a strong chal­lenge from Andy Davies/max Free­man in a Subaru Im­preza.

Fran­cis/roberts made a great start, set­ting quick­est times on the first two stages in Dyfi be­fore mak­ing it a hat-trick of fastest times in Garthein­iog, de­spite run­ning with­out anti-lag.

On the first stage, Stephen Simp­son/patrick Walsh equalled Fran­cis in their Ford Fi­esta S2000, only to spin on stage two, be­fore re­tir­ing with a bro­ken drive­shaft. Also mak­ing an early exit were Dy­lan Davies, whose Subaru suf­fered an en­gine fire, and Wug Utting with dam­aged sus­pen­sion on his Im­preza.

As a re­sult of Simp­son’s woes, Row­lands/ Hall moved into sec­ond place in their Es­cort Mk2 in spite of a misted screen and a stage three spin. Just nine sec­onds be­hind was Andy Davies, who was strug­gling with a car which kept lock­ing up un­der brak­ing.

There were no dra­mas for Fran­cis/roberts who rounded off with fastest times on the fi­nal two stages. Be­hind them, Row­lands/ Hall pushed hard to main­tain sec­ond po­si­tion, ahead of Davies/ Free­man, who were hap­pier with their Im­preza’s han­dling af­ter lock­ing the dif­fer­en­tial.

With their Es­cort’s brakes re­stored, Boyd Ker­shaw/mark Fisher moved up the field to fin­ish a class-win­ning fourth over­all as road penal­ties dropped John Row­lands/glenn Latham to ninth and Andrew Jones/dale Fur­niss sur­vived a spin to fin­ish fifth and win their class in a Ford Es­cort.

David How­ells/robin Her­na­man topped the mod­ern run­ners in the Na­tional B rally headed by the his­torics. They had to over­come a misted up screen and catch­ing cars in their Im­preza. They fin­ished 30 sec­onds ahead of Bren­dan Cu­miskey/gerry Mcveigh who were get­ting used to their new Ford Fi­esta R5 on its first forestry out­ing. Third went to Brian Bell/jamie Ed­wards in their Ford Fo­cus WRC.

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