Payne tar­gets GB af­ter BTRDA Gold Star ti­tle

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Newly crowned BTRDA cham­pion Char­lie Payne could head to Wales Rally GB af­ter scor­ing the Gold Star ti­tle and a free en­try to the na­tional event on last week­end’s Woodpecker Rally.

Payne fin­ished third, af­ter “throt­tling back” when he saw Luke Fran­cis off the road in SS2 of the event. The Welsh­man had been Payne’s only real ti­tle threat but needed a fin­ish to stay in the hunt. He rolled at a hair­pin.

Now Payne could tar­get a trip to GB with co-driver Carl Wil­liamson.

“We would do the na­tional as we get a free en­try with win­ning the ti­tle,” said York­shire­man Payne. “It wants look­ing at be­cause it’s a good trip down there. Then we’ll do Mal­ton and see where we are. Ob­vi­ously we need to do some work on the car first af­ter a tough year this year.”

Payne has been con­sid­er­ing scal­ing back his ral­ly­ing in 2017, but will make a more con­clu­sive de­ci­sion in the com­ing months.

A host of other BTRDA class cham­pi­ons were crowned af­ter the Woodpecker Rally.

Cameron Davies be­came the in­au­gu­ral ST Tro­phy cham­pion with co-driver Lee Tay­lor, af­ter the pair won ev­ery round they en­tered apart from the Woodpecker, which they needed to fin­ish to take the ti­tle.

Bob Vardy sealed the B10 class in the same Ford Fi­esta R2 that won the cham­pi­onship last year in the hands of Rhys Yates. Dave For­rest and Char­lie Carter have won class H2.

Payne could head to Rally GB af­ter tak­ing im­pres­sive ti­tle in Lud­low

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