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Round 2 of the BTRDA championship saw the crews head to the Lake District for what would prove to be a gripping battle. Fastest out of the box were Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC) who set fastest times over the first two stages taking a healthy lead into the first Greystoke stage. Sadly the gearbox gave up in Greystoke and Hunter retired from what was a very promising position. Taking over in the lead with fastest time on stage 3 was Andrew Burton & Robin Kellard (Peugeot Cosworth). Burton went into Grizedale with a 12 second lead over Charlie Payne & Craig Thorley (Focus WRC) and came out with a 4 second lead over Roger Chilman & Andrew Sankey (Impreza WRC). It was game on for the final two stages and Burton went fastest on the 2nd run through Greystoke but with smoke coming from the left bank of the engine. Chilman did all all he could on the final stage, setting 2nd fastest time to Paul Bird & Kirsty Riddick (Focus WRC) who were expeceted to go better on their home event, but in the end he only got back two seconds from Burton. So in the final year of the car Burton made it two from two and more importantly added the one BTRDA round he hed yet to win to his collection. Chilman was a fine 2nd in only his 2nd event in a WRC car with Payne completing the podium in third.

In the 2wd rally another Herefordshire crew took top honours as Dave Brick & Rob Woodhouse (Escort MkII) won by 26 seconds from local aces Phil Burton & Mal Capstick. Third 2WD crew home and first 1400 crew were Darren Pinchin & Karen Watts (Satria) who dominated their category. Silver Star wise the podium was completed by Phil Scholes & Bradley Johnson who were first Fiesta Challenge crew home. In the 1400’s Clive Anstey & Tim Currie (Corsa) were 2nd with Alun Roberts & Aled Edwards (206) a distant third.

Last but by no means least there was the Historic rally and this too saw drama happen in the first running of Greystoke. Peter Elkins & Andrew Joll had built up a nice lead over the first two stages, in their Escort MkII, but disaster struck on stage 3. Elkins clipped one of the many earth mounds placed on the apex’s of the corners in Greystoke, which make the stage so distinctive. This minor error caused the steering wheel to snap out of his hands and break his arm. Elkins got out of the stage but retired at service, ruling him out for the next BTRDA round and maybe several more. So Charlie Taylor & Steve Bielby (Escort MkII) took a 22 second victory from the similar car of Warren Philliskirk & Matthew Whattam. Peter Smith & Russ Langthorne were a similar margin back in third place, in their Escort MkI.

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