Danielle Furze­land takes first over­all rally win in Devon

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Ian Harden Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Bournemouth and District Mo­tor Club When: Septem­ber 3 Where: Upot­tery Air­field, Smeatharpe, Devon. Cham­pi­onship: ASWMC Sub­aru Spares Sealed Sur­face Stages: 8 Starters: 48

Danielle Furze­land and co-driver Ja­son Par­son­age took their first ever over­all vic­tory, beat­ing off nu­mer­ous chal­lenges from Ford Es­cort-mounted crews over eight long, fast stages.

Their Sub­aru Im­preza P2000 WRC proved ex­actly the right tool for the job, pro­vid­ing man­age­able trac­tion over the bumpy tests at the air­field.

Hav­ing grabbed the lead on the open­ing stage the pair­ing held ev­ery­one at bay be­fore set­ting three fastest times on the last three tests to draw 30s ahead of a mas­sive bat­tle be­tween Si­mon Mansell/gareth Wil­cox (Ford Es­cort Mk3) and Kev Carr/chris Pip­pen (Es­cort Mk2). A sin­gle sec­ond sep­a­rated run­ner-up from third at the fin­ish.

Dry con­di­tions cre­ated a fast pace from the open­ing test, and with top seeds Steve and Yvonne Furze­land hav­ing their first out­ing in a Ford Es­cort Mk2, it was left to daugh­ter, Danielle, to power her way into top spot. She was the only driver to dip be­low the seven-minute mark for stage one.

Craig Flem­ing and Paul Ru­mary (Es­cort) chased hard ini­tially but sur­ren­dered sec­ond place on the third stage, drop­ping to even­tual fourth be­hind the scrap be­tween Mansell and Carr.

Rob de St Paer/steve Hobbs (Es­cort) made the jour­ney from Jersey worth­while by hold­ing off Si­mon Thomas/tony Pal­frey’s Peu­geot 306 for fifth. Ben Parker and last-minute re­place­ment co-driver Holly Creamer brought their Honda Civic, re-en­gined with a unit bought from a scrap­yard, home in sev­enth.

Bowen sur­vived late gear­box scare Smeatharpe Stages

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