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WWRS Hamsterley13 winnersThe special award winners for the second round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship have been announced following the SG Petch Tour of Hamsterley (Sunday 28 April).

John Everard and Mark Sharpley took the unfortunate accolade of posting the first retirement of the rally when they rolled their lovely Alfa Romeo Junior on the opening stage. The last retirement was the Ford Escort Mk2 of Barry Jordan/James Gratton-Smith, who went off on the final stage. Both crews will receive a £100 voucher from West Wales Rally Spares, as will Ford Escort Mk2 crew Mark Spencer and Steve Pugh after their number came out of the hat in the draw for a third voucher.

Meanwhile, class C3 winners Terry Cree and Richard Shores will receive a cheque for nearly £250 from Holton Homes after their number came out of the draw for a refund of 50% of the event entry fee.

The ‘Spirit of the Rally’ product award from Fuchs Lubricants will go to Matt Edwards. Despite devastating first-stage retirements on his previous two events in his Ford Escort Mk2, the North Wales driver worked tirelessly to be ready for Hamsterley and was finally rewarded with a strong finish in ninth place. In the midst of everything else, he also became a dad in recent weeks.

Alan Hughes and Richard Wardle won the Best Improvement on Seeding, which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex. They started as car 144 and moved up 21 places to finish second in class D3 in their Ford Escort Mk2.

Finally, Dylan Davies won the ‘Hard Charger’ award: a 20-litre jerry can from Green Valley Industrial Supplies. On his first rally in the area, the West Wales-based driver only knew he had moved up from the reserve list in the week before the rally. He duly romped to sixth place among the R.A.C. contenders and won Series Seven for open category cars.

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