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Matt Edwards and Kim Baker scored a fine victory on today’s SG Petch Tour of Hamsterley historic rally (Saturday 26 April), the third round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship.WWRS14 Hamsterley

The 45-mile event made use of the Hamsterley forest complex as well as the mixed surface stage at Raby Castle and it was Edwards who took control from the start, despite feeling unwell. Edwards and Baker went into the final loop of three stages just 12s up on the similar Ford Escort Mk2 of Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis, but when Robinson hit electrical dramas on the penultimate stage, Edwards was clear of Nick Elliott/Dave Price by 47s.

Graham Waite and Gill Cotton had a strong run in their Volvo Amazon to win Category 1 while brothers Ross and Arron Forde took maximum points in the Aldon Automotive Mini and Imp Cup. David Stokes and Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1) won Category 2.

Other category winners included Tomas Davies/Carl Williamson (Ford Escort Mk2) in Category K and Dave Hemingway/Simon Ashton (Ford Escort Mk2) in Category O.

With 65 registered contenders starting the rally, the Shildon-based event was another strong event for the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship and also marked the opening round of the championship’s Northern Challenge.

Category winners were:
Category 1: Graham Waite/Gill Cotton (Volvo Amazon)
Category 2: David Stokes/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1)
Category 3: Matt Edwards/Kim Baker (Ford Escort Mk2)
Category K: Tomas Davies/Carl Williamson (Ford Escort Mk2)
Category O: Dave Hemingway/Simon Ashton (Ford Escort Mk2)

The West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship is the only championship that runs historics first on the road on all events.

The Tour of Hamsterley was organised by the Stockton and District Motor Club in association with Teesside Motor Sport Group. A more detailed event report will be circulated during Monday (28 April).

More details about the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship can be found at http://www.racrallychamp.org Follow the championship on Facebook at
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