GOULD WINS ON RIVET DE­BUT

BCCC Bov­ing­ton

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Gary Simp­son

Or­gan­iser: Marches 4x4 When: 7/8 May Where: Bov­ing­ton, Dorset Cham­pi­onships: Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship, Free­lander Chal­lenge, BCC Tro­phy Runs: 12 Starters: 38

Martin Gould took his Bux­ton 4x4 Rivet to a Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship win on his first event with the car af­ter a tough bat­tle with Justin Bir­chall and Ryan Cooke.

Bir­chall led early on but such was the level of com­pe­ti­tion that af­ter four runs he was only one se­cond in front, with Cooke and Gould tied for se­cond.

Run five saw Gould move into the lead for the first time, a position he would main­tain to the end of the event. Cooke ended the event in se­cond af­ter Bir­chall took a max­i­mum fol­low­ing a roll. Steve Smith com­pleted the top three in his JRG Clio V8.

“The event has been a lot of fun,” said Gould. “We had a great bat­tle and it’s a shame Justin rolled his car. The course was very hard on both car and driver, it was a real chal­lenge so I’m de­lighted with the win.” Re­sults 1 Martin Gould/ Si­mon Ker­foot (Bux­ton 4x4 Rivet) 1h16m00s; 2 Ryan Cooke/ Dar­ren Cooke (Mil­ner LRM-1) +1m48s; 3 Steve Smith/john Grif­fiths (JRG Clio V8); 4 Richard Wynne-wil­liams/ Ian Jones (Loft­house Free­lander); 5 Andy Pow­ell/ Evalda Ka­zla (Simm­bug­gh­ini); 6 Justin Bir­chall/ Louise Bir­chall (Loft­house Free­lander); 7 Neil Davey/tony Bar­ley (Yamaha YXZ1000R); 8 Alan Thomas/ Mike Mo­ran (War­rior Indy); 9 John Thorne (Yamaha YXZ1000R); 10 Paul Har­ris/ Ka­rina James (GSR Max­i­light).

Pho­tos: Son­gas­port, Pro Rally Pho­tog­ra­phy

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