A sad day in the East Midlands as rallying lost one of its shining lights. Martyn Lewis tragically lost his life in an accident on stage 7 of the Dukeries Rally. Our condolences go to his family, including his brother and co-driver Richard who is now recuperating at home. After the events of the day all the crews were very humble and the results took second place. In the rally Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) took victory. Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard were leading by 15 seconds after stage 4 but they retired from the event as a precaution following the engine overheating during the 3rd and 4th stages. 2nd overall were Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) just pipping Damian Cole & Craig Drew (Accent WRC) on the final stage, after steadily increasing their pace all day.
In the 2WD rally the field was dominated by Historic specification cars. Peter Elkins & Andrew Joll (Escort MkII) taking the win by 7 seconds from the similar specification Escort MkII of Jason Lepley & Simon Sparey. Simon Tysoe & Chris Parsons made it an Escort MkII top three after just beating the Opel Kadett of Allan McDowall & Gavin Heseltine, who were 2nd Silver Star crew home behind Elkins.
The 1400 field felt the impact of the days events more than most as Martyn Lewis had taken victory on the last round. This time victory went to Matt Edwards & Sam Collis who had dominated the previous round before a final stage retirement, in their MG ZR. They had to push on the final stage and after some spirited driving, very much in the style of Lewis, they dedicated the stage win and victory to his memory. 2nd were Brian McGuinness & Ian Harden (Corsa) with Robert Barrett & Mike Yates (Micra) and excellent 3rd in the class.
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