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HRCR Stage Masters – Round 3 Dixies Challenge

Round 3 – Zero To Hero For Mini Man Davis
It was a tough day on Epynt for the Dixies challenge – Round 3 of the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge.
A huge oil leak by one competitor would see two stages cancelled on safety grounds as the 350 metres stretch of road was deemed too dangerous, and like a skating rink.
Eric Davis and Russell Joseph were the first contenders home after a day of ups and downs for most of the 12 registered crews taking part.
The Forest of Dean crew wanted to put the first round behind them, when they failed to even start the AGBO Stages.
But, a few weeks later the rallying cards dealt them maximum points and finishing top among much more powerful machinery.
Winner of the last forest round Jason Gardner was setting some good times in the Pinto Ford Escort Mk2, until he was spotted pulled over to the side of the road near the quarry after just two stages.
There would also be disappointment for Jeff Wincott and Noel Murphy looking to extend their lead in the escort cup but that would all go to pot when they were seen being towed into service with a blown engine after four stages.
Ken Davies and Alan Jones were in their own words literally ‘flying’, as they got to grips with the Ford Cortina GT and are now leading the West Wales Stage Masters Challenge overall.
Their only drama was in the afternoon when on the Burma Road rounding a building they decided to pay a visit to a ditch, but they popped back out to finish first in category one.
Eric Davis / Russell Joseph                            Mini Clubman 1275 GT                  43 mins 57 secs
Stephen Powell / Jamie Hawkins                Hillman Avenger                              44 mins 16 secs
Ken Davies / Alan Jones                                 Ford Cortina GT                                 45 mins 49 secs
Barry Stenhouse / Lee Sellars                      Mini                                                       49 mins 47 secs
Pete Ellerby / Ben Anderson                       Mini                                                       Gearbox
Jason Gardner / Dan Petrie                          Ford Escort Mk 2                               Engine
Jeff Wincott / Noel Murphy                         Ford Escort Mk 2                               Seized engine
Wayne Bonser / Rich Aston                          Ford Escort Mk 2                               Retired
Gwilym Roberts / Debby Myers                 Ford Escort Mk 1                               Electrical
Colin McDowell / Brynmoor Pierce           Mini                                                       Differential
Shane Gamble / Bob Ward                           Mini                                                       Retired
Stephen Robinson / Dan Nieroda              Mini                                                       Gearbox
Pic: RallySport Media – Chris Huish