No­vas bat­tle as Wilkes gets real chal­lenge from Brick/wil­liams

Motor Sport News - - Btrda Round Three: Somerset Stages -

One of the most ea­gerly awaited con­flicts through the field as the crews left Mine­head for Ex­moor was the 1400S bat­tle, and whether early-sea­son mae­stro Dave Brick – with Keaton Wil­liams sat along­side – could chal­lenge the mighty Ju­lian Wilkes. Fa­mous for his ex­ploits in a 1400 Nova, Wilkes was joined by Will Ruther­ford for his home event, although some joked he didn’t need a co-driver as he knows the stages so well.

But, boy, did the 2012 and 2013 BTRDA 1400 cham­pion get a shock from Brick in the turquoise Vaux­hall Nova. If you don’t see the bright ma­chine com­ing to­wards you in side­ways style, you will hear it.

On the Tim­ber­scombe opener, Brick was 11th quick­est over­all, nine spots ahead of Wilkes and tied with Mar­tyn Eng­land’s R5 on times! He went bet­ter in SS4, seventh over­all on the stage. It tran­spired that Brick went quicker on all of the morn­ing’s gravel tests be­fore the Por­lock as­phalt run. That’s where lo­cal knowl­edge came into play, along with a hefty push from Wilkes. He went 13th quick­est over­all, while Brick could only man­age 31st and that was enough to pro­mote Wilkes into the class lead. He was quicker again on the sec­ond run.

At ser­vice Wilkes ac­knowl­edged the pace of Brick, but con­firmed there would be a hard push in the af­ter­noon with the lead only eight sec­onds.

By stage 11 Wilkes had pushed the gap to 20s, and on the next test Brick was out with a blown en­gine. It was a sour way for such a bat­tle to end, but like all good things it was great while it lasted.

James Ball/gavin Gwillym Hay­cock in their Suzuki Ig­nis fin­ished sec­ond, while Char­lie Bar­low/dale Fur­ness man­aged third ( see Rally News).

De­spite Brick’s loss, Freddy and Toby Brick brought the fam­ily some joy by head­ing the 1400c class in their Nova, ahead of 12 other fin­ish­ers.

Wilkes is al­ways a fron­trun­ner on his spo­radic out­ings but was run ex­tremely close by Dave Brick’s Nova

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