WIL­LETT AND DAVIES TAKE AN­OTHER MINI EPYNT WIN

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Si­mon Gronow

Or­gan­iser: Here­ford­shire Mo­tor Club When: June 5 Where: Epynt Ranges, Powys Cham­pi­onships: Hir­e­fit King of Epynt Cham­pi­onship Stages: 10 Starters: 74

Once early lead­ers Andy Fraser/ Michael Calvert had re­tired, 2014 win­ners Dave Wil­lett and John Davies were able to con­trol the pace at the head of the field, over­com­ing a lack of dig­i­tal dash­board dis­play to take a com­fort­able win on the Welsh Marches Mini Epynt Stages.

Over the open­ing two stages, it was Fraser who set the pace be­fore his Dar­rian was re­tired fol­low­ing a fire on the stop line of SS3. Also in trou­ble were Adrian Spencer/ Mark He­witt who dropped from sec­ond to 46th po­si­tion af­ter their Subaru Im­preza WRC left the road near Four Ways Bridge.

Stages three and four were can­celled, as a crew were air­lifted to hospi­tal (They were re­ported to be sta­ble in hospi­tal as MN went to press) and on the next stage it was Ja­son Pritchard/steve Mcphee who were fastest in their Ford Es­cort, two sec­onds up on Wil­lett/davies who now held the lead.

Al­ready out of the event was Mark Jones, whose BMW suf­fered a bro­ken brake pipe. Bryan Davies also stopped when the turbo on his Ford Fo­cus failed.

Spencer/he­witt were mak­ing their way back up the field, and fastest time on stage six yielded a move into the top 20. How­ever, they were still a long way off Wil­lett, who ex­tended his lead with fastest times on the next three tests.

Go­ing into the last stage, Ian Caddy/alan Thomas had over­come gear­box prob­lems to hold sec­ond place, be­fore me­chan­i­cal woes ac­counted for their Ford Es­cort.

Sean Crow­ley/emma Jones took the run­ner-up spot, their day get­ting bet­ter af­ter an early ex­cur­sion into a field left their Mit­subishi Colt down the order.

Melvyn Evans/pa­trick Walsh over­came brak­ing is­sues on their Ford Es­cort to fin­ish be­hind Crow­ley, though weren’t el­i­gi­ble for the over­all po­si­tion af­ter fin­ish­ing in the top five of a pre­vi­ous Epynt rally. Scots­man Steven Clark took the fi­nal podium po­si­tion, the Mit­subishi Lancer driver find­ing his times im­proved when he adopted a neater style of driv­ing on the lat­ter stages.

Pritchard/mcphee were next up, while Spencer/he­witt would have taken sixth but for the rule mak­ing them in­el­i­gi­ble hav­ing fin­ished in the top five of an event on Epynt. How­ever, the pair did achieve their aim and take home a good haul of King of Epynt points. Mike Wil­liams/ken Bills took a class win in their MG ZR, while Mark Gam­ble/steve Link won the 1600cc class in their Suzuki Swift. De­spite a faulty fuel pump, Lloyd Mor­gan/el­lie Wil­liams won the 1400cc class in their Mi­cra.

Photos: JMS Pho­to­graphic, kart­pix.net

Even a bro­ken dash­board dis­play couldn’t halt Dave Wil­lett’s Es­cort Mk2

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