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