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It was win or bust on the Woodpecker for Roger Chilman & Bryan Thomas (Impreza WRC), if they wanted any chance of winning the REIS Get Connected Rally Series title. They duly delivered going fastest on the first 5 stages to build up a 14 second buffer over Hugh Hunter & Andy Marchbank (Focus WRC). Hunter was finest on the final stage and happy to let the title be decided on the final round, the Cambrian Stages, on his home ground. Completing the podium were Shaun Gardener & Ben Innes (Evo 5.9) after a late charge to pass Matt Edwards & Sam Collis (Evo IX) on the penultimate stage.

Gardener still leads the championship thanks to season long consistency. When dropped scores come in to play though if Chilman wins he is champion, if Hunter wins he is champion and if Gardener wins on the Cambrian then he will only become champion if both Chilman and Hunter fail to finish, or Hunter finishes 9th or worse with Chilman 7th or worse. Basically it is winner takes all and if both Chilman and Hunter fail to finish then Gardener is champion.

Back to the Woodpecker and amongst the 2WD crews it was Nick Elliott & Dave Price (Escort MkII) who won by 16 seconds from Osian Pryce & Iestyn Williams (DS3 R3T) with Matthew Robinson & Nigel Hutchinson (Escort MkII) 3rd and picking up top Silver Star points. Not that they looked like losing the title this result confirmed the Silver Star title for the crew, which just goes to show practice makes perfect as they are out competing more than most crews.

In the 1400’s Julian Wilkes & Will Rutherford-Child (Nova) won by almost 2 minutes, taking their 6th win in 7 rounds. They were already champions but this result means they now register a perfect six wins as their six highest scores. Back in 2nd place were Kieran Darrington & Pamela Hilton (Corsa) with Harry Gardener & Elliot Graham (106) a fine 3rd, almost a minute further back, taking top honours in the 1400C class.

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