Round 3 Garth Tyre Auto Services Midsummer Caerwent Rally
Title: Jim Brindle takes thrilling last stage win:
In a thrilling last stage finish Jim Brindle/Sam Bould came through from 3rd place to take a remarkable victory by 22 seconds. Colin McDowell/Michael Spence led into the last stage but lost 4 minutes with a loose lead on the distributor. Clive King/Anton Bird who had been in 3rd place most of the day also had a last stage scare when the rocker shaft broke so they had to nurse the car through the last stage on only 3 cylinders but still managed to finish 3rd. With the top 3 in the old STAGER Championship being all Minis this was also the finishing order in the Mini Sport Mini Cup. Jim Brindle took category 1 honours and Colin McDowell took a consolation Category 2 win. The Mini open class was won by Richard Ford/Neil MacDonald from the all girls rally team of Louise Thomas & Emily Easton-Page. It was a day of attrition with nearly half of the historic field retiring during the day.
With 3 different winners in the first 3 rounds the Mintex old STAGER championship and Mini Sport Mini Cup are wide open so the battle will recommence on round 4 the Solway Coast Historic on the 6th of August.
old STAGER Championship Secretary
Photo By EDP