Reign­ing cham­pion Ker­shaw steals Plains Sil­ver Star win

Motor Sport News - - BTRDA Round Four: Plains Rally -

Af­ter a close tus­sle on the non-BTRDA Rally North Wales re­cently, bat­tle re­sumed be­tween the Row­lands broth­ers Ieuan and John, and Boyd Ker­shaw as they fought for two-wheel-drive and Sil­ver Star hon­ours.

Over the first two tests, Ieuan Row­lands/emyr Hall opened up a healthy lead of 13 sec­onds over Boyd Ker­shaw/bryan Hull, be­fore re­tir­ing on SS3 with sheared wheel studs on their Ford Es­cort.

As a re­sult, Ker­shaw held a three-sec­ond cat­e­gory ad­van­tage: “It’s great out there, the stages are in per­fect con­di­tion,” he said as he opted for harder tyres for the af­ter­noon and re­viewed his notes.

John Row­lands had been fastest on SS3, de­spite los­ing some time as he passed his brother’s stricken car.

Like Ker­shaw he too opted for harder tyres for the af­ter­noon. His­toric run­ners, Rudi Lan­caster/ Guy Weaver (Ford Es­cort) were next, ahead of Phil Bur­ton/ Mal Cap­stick who had made a “lethar­gic start” in their sim­i­lar Ford Es­cort. “I’m en­joy­ing it that much, a good re­sult would be a bonus,” stated Bur­ton, though he would fail to com­plete the af­ter­noon tests.

Ker­shaw/hull pushed on the re­run of Garthein­iog, tak­ing nine sec­onds out of Row­lands/ Glenn Latham, be­fore ex­tend­ing the class ad­van­tage by a fur­ther five sec­onds on Dyfi East 2. Row­lands pulled back a sec­ond on Dyfi West 2, be­fore set­ting a blis­ter­ing time on the fi­nal stage, Pant­perthog, How­ever, it wasn’t enough, as a re­lieved Ker­shaw made it to the fin­ish with a three-sec­ond ad­van­tage, even though he had lost the rear brakes on the fi­nal stage.

A change of tyres felt bet­ter over the af­ter­noon for Lan­caster/ Weaver as they took third Sil­ver Star and first His­toric Cup in their Es­cort, while Som­er­set Stage class win­ners Gavin Ed­wards/ Caron Tom­lin­son had to set­tle for fourth as they strug­gled with a day-long mis­fire in their Es­cort.

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