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Gloucestershire co-driver Kaz Watts will be have to buy a larger trophy cabinet soon after picking up another two rally championship title on the weekends Cambrian Rally, based out of the Seaside town of Llandudno.

It’s been a year of ups and downs for Kaz, picking up the BTRDA Millers Oils 1400 championship with two rounds remaining, and then crashing out heavily on the Trackrod International Rally Yorkshire. She’s maintained a positive outlook though which has allowed her to pick up the Welsh National 2wd co driver award and Proton Satria driver, Darren Pinchin, to take B9 class win also Kaz pick up the BTRDA Ladies Co-Driver award by just two points from Ella Flynn.

The Cambrian Rally, run around the North Wales forests of Penmachno, Clocaenog and Alwen, played host to the final round of the championship. With Kaz and Darren having already wrapped up the main titles the pair had planned a steady run through the wet stages to ensure they bought the car home in one piece.

“We nearly didn’t get to the start of the event!” explained Kaz. “The car wouldn’t start on Saturday morning so it was a mad panic to find and fix the fault. It turned out there was a wire broken in the loom so a quick fix from Darren and the service team meant we made it to the Llandudno Seafront with just 5 minutes to spare”.

With overnight rain continuing in to the morning stages, the gravel roads were very slippery and treacherous in places. Having put the car off the road on the event back in 2009, Kaz and Darren were keen not to make the same mistake again.

“We were going past the place we crashed a few years ago so I reigned Darren in. He was very cautious through the area and to our surprise our main rival, Justin Lawson, was off in exactly the same spot.

“Once we’d got through the Penmachno stages we turned the wick up a bit. Hefin Lloyd Davis was on a flyer and it was good to have a bit of a ding-dong battle with someone after Justin’s off.”

The final couple of stages saw Kaz and Darren swap time with Hefin in his Vauxhall Corsa, culminating in a 13th fastest stage time up The Great Orme on the penultimate stage of the event finishing just 10 secs behind Hefin – it ended up being a great battle and we were glad to finish this event.

“That’s it for rallying this year with Darren – we’re not planning on coming back out in the Proton until our home event, The Wyedean Rally, in February next year. I’m still in with a shout at the MSA English Rally Championship but will have to wait until after the Tempest Rally in November.

“I’m now concentrating on the World Rally Championship event, Wales Rally GB” said Kaz. “It’s been a lifelong ambition to compete and I just can’t wait to get on the stages in November back with Becky Kirvan.

“I must thank my sponsors for all their help this year with Darren in the Proton. Without Gibson Forest Trading Post and Castle Woodcraft I would never have clinched all these championships – it’s been great to work with everyone in the team.

You can follow Kaz’s progress in the run up to Wales Rally GB by visiting her website http://www.kazrallying.co.uk.

Photo Credit: David Benson/RallySport Media

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