Davies wins in Builth as he and fellow Nova man Evans tie on times
Builth Showground Stages Organiser: Herefordshire MC When: November 3 Where: Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells Stages: 14 Starters: 55 After 14 stages over mixed surfaces at the Royal Welsh Showground, there was no separating the Vauxhall Novas driven by Sam Davies/ Martin Lasper and Ian Evans/ Justin Brooks.
Last year’s winner Davies moved into a one second lead after the first two stages, and he continued to lead until the sixth stage when Evans equalled his time. Evans then moved to the front, only to lose time when his brakes jammed on when a stone got stuck in the pedal box on SS10.
Going into the last stage, Davies led by one second, and both drivers gave it their all. Davies had a big moment at high speed and dropped a second to Evans, who had overshot a junction in the dark. With the first-stage tie-break applied, victory went to Davies.
Behind them, Kevin Davies, with Annie Green alongside, was delighted to finish third in his Cilwendeg-winning Ford Escort, and grateful that his car was problem-free as he headed off to contest that evening’s Powys Lanes road rally event, which he duly won (see Road Rally round-up). Nigel Mee/reg Davies were lucky when they hit a rock just after the flying finish of stage 10, damaging their Subaru Impreza’s suspension. After repairs, they overtook class leaders Theo Bengry/les Forsbrook for fourth position, though the Escort crew were thoroughly enjoying the event.
Dan Evans/jessica Hockly dropped over a minute when their Suzuki Swift broke a driveshaft on stage three, but pulled back to a class-winning sixth overall ahead of Phil Jones/clive Jones. The latter crew dropped a place following a stage 11 spin. Conrad and Sophie Law took their Escort Mk1 to a two second class win from Wayne Lloyd/bryan Barrell, who received a time penalty for a wrong direction at a split junction. So did Damian Cole/michelle Shaw although they still won their class in their Escort. Results 1 Sam Davies/ Martin Lasper (Vauxhall Nova) 42m24s; 2 Ian Evans/justin Brooks (Nova) +0s; 3 Kevin Davies/ Annie Green (Ford Escort Mk2); 4 Nigel Mee/ Reg Davies (Subaru Impreza); 5 Theo Bengry/ Les Forsbrook (Escort Mk2); 6 Dan Evans/jessica Hockly (Suzuki Swift); 7 Phil Jones/ Clive Jones (Escort Mk2); 8 Conrad Law/ Sophie Law (Ford Escort Mk1); 9 Wayne Lloyd/ Bryan Barrell (Escort Mk2); 10 Gary Thomas/ Linda Thomas (Escort Mk2). Class winners: Evans/ Hockly; Evans/ Brooks; Law/ Law; Damian Cole/ Michelle Shaw (Escort Mk2); Steve Ellis/ Steve Mcphee (BMW 325i); Davies/ Green; Bengry/ Forsbrook; Mee/ Davies.