Moroney robbed as Jasper emerges on top

Mid­dlewick Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Report - By Peter Scherer

Or­gan­is­ers: Green­belt MC, Wick­ford AC, Mid­dle­sex County AC When: May 1 Where: Wood­bridge, Suf­folk Cham­pi­onships: Jelf­mo­tor­ AEMC/ASEMC Starters: 45 Stages: 8

Tyre woes robbed Niall Moroney and El­gan Davies’s ex-colin Mcrae Subaru Im­preza WRC of vic­tory and handed the spoils to Mark Jasper and Don Why­att’s Ford Es­cort on the Mid­dlewick Stages in Suf­folk.

Jasper and Moroney tied on the open­ing stage be­fore the Im­preza driver con­sol­i­dated his lead. But he limped to the fin­ish of stage six with a de­lam­i­nated tyre and saw his lead be­come an 18-sec­ond deficit. De­spite top­ping the times on all but one stage, Moroney was still 15 sec­onds down at the fin­ish.

Tony Cle­ments/mark An­drews’ Mit­subishi Lancer E9 also started well, los­ing an early third to Stephen Til­burn/marc Sh­effield’s Ford Es­cort af­ter they had a punc­ture on stage six. Steve Retch­less/sasha He­riot re­tired their Es­cort from fifth on stage two, which moved Grant Shand/ Jez Rogers’ Es­cort up un­til they broke a front wheel.

Stu­art and Si­mon Lar­bey’s Im­preza was fourth af­ter Cle­ments’ demise, with the Es­corts of Roland Brown/terry Luck­ings and Kevin Boyle/david Smal­ley com­plet­ing the top six.

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