Fow­den dom­i­nates Har­lech Stages as Owen suf­fers at­tri­tion

Toy­ota Har­lech Stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Ian Mills

Or­gan­iser: Har­lech & Dis­trict Mo­tor Club When: May 1 Where: Llanbedr Air­field Cham­pi­onships: WAMC & ANWCC Stages: 8 Starters: 48.

Bob Fow­den and Paul Wakely took their third Welsh Tar­ma­cadam Rally Cham­pi­onship win of the sea­son when they scored an em­phatic win on the Toy­ota Har­lech Stages.

The Subaru Im­preza pair won the 50-mile event, which was run in wet con­di­tions, by just un­der a minute.

Last year’s win­ners Wil Owen/rob Hopewell led in their Ford Es­cort as they beat the four-wheel-drive op­po­si­tion by eight sec­onds on the open­ing stage. How­ever, they were slowed by transmission prob­lems and lost the lead to Fow­den on SS4 and then re­tired soon af­ter­wards.

Fow­den led from then on un­til the fin­ish. He took the fastest time on six of the eight stages, in­clud­ing all the last five.

The close fight for se­cond place was won by Rob Tout/ Ian Jones in their Mit­subishi Lancer E10. They ended the event 18 sec­onds ahead of the Dar­rian T9 of Bruce Ed­wards/jim Smith.

Brandon Smith/chris Sharpe-simkiss sealed fourth place ahead of Carl O’grady and Ian Davies.

Fow­den/wakely now lead the Welsh Cham­pi­onship. They have taken three top scores from four out­ings. Re­sults 1 Bob Fow­den/ Paul Wakely (Subaru Im­preza WRC) 1h04m40s; 2 Rob Tout/ Ian Jones (Mit­subishi Lancer E10) +58s; 3 Bruce Ed­wards/jim Smith (Dar­rian T9 GTR); 4 Brandon Smith/ Chris SharpeSimkiss (Dar­rian T9); 5 Carl O’grady/ Ian Davies (Nis­san Sunny F2); 6 David Pave­ley/jade Pave­ley (Mit­subishi Lancer E3); 7 Rob Hughes/ Sion Cun­niff (Ford Fo­cus Milling­ton); 8 Dai ‘Dot’ Davies/ Ger­wyn James (Dar­rian T9); 9 Gareth Bet­tin­son/ Sarah Ed­wards (Ford Es­cort); 10 Steve Har­vey/ Andy Fal­coner (Subaru Im­preza WRX).

Class win­ners Gethin Jones/ Martin Roberts (Vaux­hall Nova); John Lloyd Wil­liams/antony Ed­wards (Ford Es­cort Mex­ico); O’grady/ Davies; Graham Thomas/al Parry (Peu­geot 306 GTI); Ed­wards/ Smith; Tout/jones; Ja­son Hodge/ Alan Hinton (Toy­ota Corolla).

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