RALLY RE­PORTS Fow­den and Wakely con­tinue strong form Punc­tures rule as Welch/tol­son take late glory

Brawdy Stages Rally

Motor Sport News - - Erc Report - By Ian Har­den Re­sults By Brian Pat­ter­son

Or­gan­iser: Pem­brokeshire Mo­tor Club When: July 17 Where: Brawdy Air­field, Pem­brokeshire Cham­pi­onships: Gwynne Speed Rally Chal­lenge, Pem­brokeshire MC Starters: 56 Stages: 6

Brave driv­ing in per­sis­tent foggy con­di­tions gave Subaru Im­preza WRC duo Paul Fow­den and Paul Wake­ley vic­tory by 1m13s fol­low­ing a dom­i­nant dis­play.

Early morn­ing thick fog dras­ti­cally re­duced driver vis­i­bil­ity, but Nigel Gib­bard / Ceri Mor­gan (Dar­rian T90) seemed un­fazed and led af­ter stage one. Fow­den fought back im­me­di­ately, tak­ing nine sec­onds out of his ri­vals on stage two and mov­ing into a lead he never re­lin­quished. As con­di­tions im­proved in the af­ter­noon, Fow­den set three suc­ces­sive fastest times to con­sol­i­date vic­tory.

Carl O’grady, with co-driver El­lie Wil­liams in only her sec­ond-ever se­nior rally, chal­lenged Fow­den hard and con­sis­tently set top three times on their way to sec­ond in a bril­liant dis­play in their Nis­san Sunny F2.

Thomas Cooper re­cov­ered well from a slow open­ing stage to over­haul John Lewis/ja­son Thomas (Dar­rian T9) for fourth and, when Gib­bard slid off the track into re­tire­ment on the penul­ti­mate test, he and co-driver Paul Wil­liams steered their Mit­subishi Lancer E9 into the fi­nal podium spot.

Punc­ture af­fected Welch on SS2 Imokilly Mini Stages

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