Mairs hop­ing to re­turn to MN se­ries

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Ian Har­den Re­sults

David Mairs is hop­ing to re­turn to the Motorsport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship, hav­ing won this year’s Class B ti­tle af­ter al­most 40 years out of the sport.

Mairs steered a Volk­swa­gen Polo rented from Ral­lyme to the class ti­tle, af­ter a close bat­tle with Paul Sheard ended when he re­tired with a bro­ken gear­box.

“It was the Mewla Stages I com­peted on around 40 years ago,” ex­plained Mairs of his last rally out­ing. “It was in a Droop­snoot Vaux­hall Firenza, which I bent quite badly. When I was com­pet­ing you couldn’t re­ally rent cars but now it’s great some­thing like Ral­lyme ex­ists.”

Mairs got back into the sport through a birth­day present paid for at the car rental and prepa­ra­tion com­pany, and is hop­ing to re­turn next year.

“This year has been su­perb,” said Mairs. “If some­thing like this ex­isted back in the day it would cer­tainly be the kind of events I’d like to do.”

Mairs is now de­cid­ing whether to stick in Class B or to up­grade next year: “I’d like to be in the mix for over­all podi­ums so we have a de­ci­sion to make.”

Or­gan­iser: South Hams Mo­tor Club When: May 21/22 Where: RAF Portreath, Corn­wall Cham­pi­onships: ASWMC; ACSMC; South West Club­mans Rally Challenge Stages: 14 Starters: 83

Steve and Yvonne Furzeland had their work cut out to take their sec­ond TSH Stages win in three years.

In a two-day, multi-way scrap for the lead, the Subaru Im­preza S12B pair­ing came from be­hind to claim a 43s vic­tory over Gary le Coadou/ Ash­ley Trim­ble (Toy­ota Corolla WRC), with 2015 win­ners Dave Par­nell/pete Bold (Ford Es­cort Mk1) third.

Morn­ing rain gave way to drier con­di­tions as the rally got un­der way on Satur­day af­ter­noon, but the tracks at RAF Portreath re­mained slip­pery.

Im­me­di­ately, last year’s early pace­set­ter, Kevin Tap­pin (Ford Es­cort Cos­worth), re­peated his per­for­mance. He set three fastest times in the open­ing four tests, but the chas­ing pack of Furzeland, Le Coadou, Par­nell and James Har­vey/paul Price (Im­preza) clung de­ter­minedly to his coat-tails. A lit­tle fur­ther back, in-form gi­ant killers Ben Parker/alf Chanter (Honda Civic) had a good run, chal­leng­ing for a top 10 po­si­tion.

As day one’s eight stages con­cluded, Tap­pin and co-driver Jamie Vaughan held an eight-sec­ond lead over Furzeland, with Le Coadou third, the Corolla driver hav­ing sur­vived a sixth­stage over­shoot and stall at a junc­tion.

Day two’s bat­tle be­tween Tap­pin and Furzeland never ma­te­ri­alised, as Tap­pin’s Es­cort broke its diff on Sun­day’s open­ing test.

But Par­nell charged his way to equal fastest time on stage nine, moved into third over­all and Portreath first-timer Le Coadou, hav­ing ad­justed his sus­pen­sion set­tings, picked up his pace and con­sol­i­dated sec­ond. In the clos­ing miles, Har­vey’s strong run ended when he crashed out on stage 12, ced­ing fourth place to the ever-con­sis­tent Paul King/ali­cia Miles (Es­cort). A midafter­noon brace of fourth fastest times gave Tim­self/nick Vig­ors (Subaru B13) fifth, while a late charge net­ted sixth for Kev Carr/chris Pip­pen (Es­cort). Parker/chanter once again de­fied the odds to fin­ish eighth.

Mairs won in Ral­lyme Polo

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