FORD AND SIMKISS TOP OF THE ENVILLE PILE FOR A SEC­OND YEAR

JRT Enville Stages

Motor Sport News - - Round - By Davev Thomas Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: War­ring­ton & DMC When: July 3 Where: Ty Croes, Anglesey Cham­pi­onships: ANWCC, SD34, Anglesey Rally Challenge Stages: 10 Starters: 66

Chris Ford and Craig Simkiss (Subaru Im­preza) led from start to fin­ish, scor­ing a huge vic­tory of over two-min­utes over a sin­gle day, 10-stage rally.

Ford is no stranger to na­tional rally wins but, paired with the ex­pe­ri­enced Craig Simkiss for the first time, the duo were un­stop­pable tak­ing an event Ford won last year.

There was a bat­tle for sec­ond which even­tu­ally fell to Chris and Ben Roberts in their Bas­tos-liv­er­ied BMW M3, seeded at 31. Third was the Dar­rian of Ge­off Roberts and Terry Martin, who had fin­ished the first stage with a snapped shock ab­sorber – welded up by the ser­vice crew of Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship class win­ners Mike Tay­lor and Martin Haggett (Sun­beamLo­tus), who took fifth af­ter gear­box link­age is­sues. Split­ting these two was the Group B Mo­tor­sport Ford Es­cort of Terry Clarke and Ron Roug­head from Durham.

Close re­sults fol­lowed with Derek Blyth and Nick Col­man sixth in their Im­preza, just three sec­onds up on ANWCC Cham­pi­onship lead­ers Rob Hughes and Sion Cun­niff (Fo­cus) with Liver­pool crew Howard Macpher­son and Derek Schofield just one sec­ond be­hind in their new Ford Es­cort.

Wayne and Dar­rel Thomas de­buted their new Dar­rian and were ly­ing third from a start num­ber of 40 un­til the last stage when a sud­den loss of power meant a slow time, drop­ping to ninth while lo­cals Cliff Evans and Chris Bri­er­ley (Es­cort) rounded off the top 10.

Paul and Ge­orge Sheard took the 1600 class by a big mar­gin, their Mazda MX-5 nearly eight min­utes up on the Polo of Ash­leigh Mor­ris and John Goff, David For­rester and Ian Jones (205) tak­ing third. Gethin Jones and Martin Roberts (Nova) took the 1400 class re­sults.

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