Motor Sport News - - Snetterton Stages Report -

There was late drama in Class A as a dif­fer­en­tial prob­lem forced long-time leader Mark Black­more into re­tire­ment on the penul­ti­mate stage, hand­ing vic­tory to David Smal­ley in an­other Vaux­hall Corsa.

In Class B it was all about a dom­i­nant per­for­mance by Matthew Ock­endon be­hind the wheel of his self-pro­claimed ‘Pu­gonda’, a Peu­geot 205 model named so for car­ry­ing the unique ad­di­tion of a Honda Civic Type-r en­gine un­der­neath the bonnet.

“It’s a combination that makes the car feel planted,” said Ock­endon. “It’s still a fan­tas­tic en­gine.”

The story of Class C be­came a bat­tle be­tween two Es­cort Mk2s, Dar­ryl Mor­ris com­ing out on top by just un­der a minute as he locked horns with Steve Beck.

Steve Quigley was quick­est out of the blocks in that par­tic­u­lar class, but the Re­nault Clio 172 Cup car found it­self in the wars on more than one oc­ca­sion. Con­tact on a tricky cross­over sec­tion dur­ing the third stage with a ri­val Mk2 RS re­sulted in drive­shaft dam­age, be­fore an al­ter­ca­tion with a tyre stack re­lieved the Clio of its front bumper as Quigley fin­ished eighth in class.

Class D spoils were left to the win­ner of the over­all event, West’s 306 Maxi hav­ing over­pow­ered its Ford ri­vals to en­sure two class vic­to­ries went the way of Peu­geot at Snet­ter­ton.

Fi­nally in Class E, WRC cars from the past took aim at one an­other with Subaru earn­ing brag­ging rights in the hands of Swann, who fin­ished fifth in the over­all event stand­ings.

Seeded fourth over­all com­ing into the event, Swann and co-driver Aron Rayner’s suc­cess came be­hind the wheel of an S12B ma­chine pre­vi­ously raced by WRC cham­pion Pet­ter Sol­berg and For­mula 1 race win­ner, Robert Ku­bica, beat­ing the Ford Fo­cus of Mum­mery in the first com­pet­i­tive clash be­tween the two re­spec­tive EX-WRC show­pieces.

‘Pu­gonda’ was on form in Ock­endon’s hands

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