Damian Cole takes an­other Epynt vic­tory

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Damian Cole and Craig Drew fought back from a first stage off and punc­ture to clinch vic­tory in their Ford Fi­esta WRC.

Andy Fraser/michael Calvert’s Dar­rian T9 V6 had led from the open­ing stage, with Adrian Spencer/mark He­witt in sec­ond, de­spite al­most tak­ing a front wing off hitting a sheep.

John Stone/rob Fagg were out on the first stage af­ter their Fi­esta’s en­gine went, which left Bob Fow­den/paul Wakely’s Im­preza and Gareth Richards/ Ian Jones’ Dar­rian check­ing the mir­rors for the in­bound Cole.

He was up to third af­ter two stages and sec­ond af­ter three, only six sec­onds off Fraser’s lead. There was lit­tle Fraser could do to hold off Cole’s charge and the Fi­esta driver was in front from the penul­ti­mate stage.

Fraser’s rally ended dra­mat­i­cally though, when hav­ing reached the end of the last stage his Dar­rian was en­gulfed in flames. Spencer there­fore se­cured sec­ond from Fow­den, with Richards, Robert Tout/dy­lan James’ Mit­subishi Lancer E10 and Sean Crow­ley/ Emma Jones’ Mit­subishi Colt EVO com­plet­ing the top six.

Crow­ley also had a small en­gine bay fire and picked up a road penalty, but took sixth on the last stage af­ter ty­ing with Mark Jones/llion Wil­liams’ BMW M3.

Cole - with David Hig­gins’ nav­i­ga­tor Drew - was rapid over Epynt

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