Gould takes the ti­tle as Cooke grabs a win

Bc­c­cwal­ters Arena

Motor Sport News - - Rally Reports - By Gary Simpson Re­sults

Or­gan­iser: Marches 4x4 When: Novem­ber 5/6 Where: Wal­ters Arena, Glyn­neath Cham­pi­onship: MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship; Free­lander Chal­lenge; BCC Tro­phy Stages: 14 Starters: 38

Ryan Cooke took vic­tory at a dra­matic fi­nal round of the Brit­part MSA Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship with Martin Gould wrap­ping up the ti­tle win.

With four wins al­ready this sea­son Gould re­quired one more fin­ish in his Buxton 4x4 Rivet to take the cham­pi­onship crown. His week­end got off to a bad start when his car stopped on the recce lap af­ter an al­ter­na­tor prob­lem and he suf­fered fur­ther prob­lems on run one with a faulty clutch master cylin­der. Mean­while Justin Bir­chall, who was in line to win the cham­pi­onship if Gould failed to fin­ish, was forced out of the event with a dam­aged en­gine.

Colin Gould, in his Clio V8, led the BCCC crews through­out day one with Cooke tak­ing his Mil­ner LRM-1 to sec­ond ahead of Richard Coleby’s Po­laris. A bro­ken balljoint ended Gould’s hopes of vic­tory on day two and Cooke con­tin­ued to show con­sis­tent pace to take the win.

“I’m re­ally, re­ally chuffed with the vic­tory,” said Cooke. “It’s been a long time com­ing and it’s taken a lot of hard work by every­one in­volved in the team. It was a great event and, other than a drive­shaft prob­lem, the car has been trou­ble-free. Con­sis­tency has paid off and, for once, lady luck was on our side.”

With Coleby in sec­ond it was Martin Gould who fin­ished third to win the cham­pi­onship. “Af­ter the prob­lems at the start of the event we dropped our pace to try and en­sure we got the fin­ish we needed,” he said. “It’s great to win the ti­tle.”

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