Gould takes vi­tal Dorset vic­tory

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Gary Simp­son

Or­gan­iser: Marches 4x4 When: Septem­ber 10/11 Where: Bov­ing­ton, Dorset Cham­pi­onship Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship; Free­lander Chal­lenge; BCC Tro­phy Runs: 15 Starters: 30

Martin Gould made it four Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship wins in a row with vic­tory in round five at Bov­ing­ton in Dorset.

Sev­eral hours of rain through night made the course, which used Min­istry of De­fence tank train­ing ter­rain, ex­tremely slip­pery and large amounts of stand­ing wa­ter caused prob­lems for sev­eral crews.

Ryan Cooke had no such is­sues though as he pow­ered his Milner LRM-1 into the lead on the open­ing run. Cooke, Gould and cham­pi­onship leader Richard Wynne-wil­liams fought over the top three po­si­tions through most of day one al­though Wynne-wil­liams’ hopes of a good re­sult were dashed when he had to take a max­i­mum on his fi­nal run due to starter mo­tor prob­lems. It was Gould who led overnight, 40 sec­onds ahead of Cooke.

A bro­ken shaft on the sec­ond run of day two ended Cooke’s chances of tak­ing a vic­tory, Gould even­tu­ally win­ning by al­most three min­utes. Mark Jac­ques took third in his Loft­house Free­lander.

“What an event, it’s been so rough on both the car and crew,” said Gould. “We wanted to get the win and we’ve achieved that – it’s sets up a great cli­max for the fi­nal round now. We’re in a good po­si­tion for the ti­tle but we’ve got to get a de­cent fin­ish at Wal­ters Arena.”

In the BCC Tro­phy Phill Bayliss took an­other win, de­spite hav­ing to drive his race car to the venue af­ter his tow car broke down. Pat Masters tri­umphed in the Free­lander Chal­lenge ahead of Alex Howard.

Gould beat cross coun­try cham­pi­onship ri­vals to vis­tory at Bov­ing­ton

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