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somerset13 (4)The first really warm weekend of Spring saw a welcome return to the Somerset Stages. The top two dominated the event and in the end Connor McCloskey & Francis Regan took their Impreza WRC to victory over the Focus WRC of Charlie Payne & Paul Spooner by just 13 seconds. Despite their lack of experience on this rally they were best of 2 minutes ahead of the final podium place as Kevin Rowledge & Andrew Bargery (Impreza WRC) took a fine 3rd overall, their first together in the BTRDA. They just edged out top group N finishers Patrick Naylor & Ian Lawrence (Evo IX) on the final stage of the event.

In the 2WD it was a lock out for Citroen as the podium was filled by BRC regulars, although none of them registered for points. Tom Cave & Ieuan Thomas (DS3 R3T) were 9th overall and 1st in the category with Callum Black & James Morgan (DS3 R3T) a distant 2nd, over a minute and a half back. James Grint & Anthony Litchfield (DS3 R3T) were a minute further back in 3rd with 1st registered crew being Robert Barrett & Pamela Hilton (Escort MkII).

In the 1400’s Julian Wilkes & Will Rutherford-Child (Nova) dominated on their home event. Darren Pinchin & Kaz Watts (Satria) were just over 40 seconds back in 2nd with Harry Gardner & Elliot Graham (106) a similar margin back in 3rd place.

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