Welsh con­tin­gent topped by Fran­cis/roberts

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Luke Fran­cis paired BTRDA hon­ours with max­i­mum points in the Welsh cham­pi­onship as the se­ries is al­most out of reach for his ri­vals.

Nav­i­ga­tor John H Roberts se­cured the over­all co-driver hon­our with the re­sult, but Wug Ut­ting still has a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of over­turn­ing Fran­cis, al­though it’s un­likely with two rounds to go.

Fran­cis ben­e­fit­ted from the demise of some of his clos­est ti­tle ri­vals. Dy­lan Davies went out early on with a bro­ken fuel pump on his Subaru Im­preza, while Andy Davies suf­fered a bro­ken ball joint on his sim­i­lar car which forced him off the road.

Mar­tyn and Dawn Eng­land were the sec­ond Welsh-regis­tered crew on the event be­hind Fran­cis as they con­tinue a pro­gramme of lim­ited events in their new two-litre Ford Fi­esta R5.

Round­ing out the podium was Gavin Ed­wards and Caron Tomlinson, who took BTRDA Sil­ver Star hon­ours. The pair­ing weren’t ex­pect­ing such a strong re­sult and their bril­liant year con­tin­ues.

Ut­ting took fourth, and in the process tops the Group N cham­pi­onship ahead of Davies.

One driver did seal a ti­tle on the event. Pwll­heli’s An­drew Jones se­cured the Vi­tal Equip­ment Welsh Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship and moved up to sec­ond over­all in the Welsh cham­pi­onship as a re­sult. Martin Grif­fiths also sealed Class 7 over­all co-driver.

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