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WWRS14 Hamsterley AThe special award winners for the third round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship have been announced following the Tour of Hamsterley (26 April).

Mike Tomkinson and Shaun Whitehurst were unfortunate enough to post the first retirement of the rally when their Ford Escort Mk2 developed problems on the opening stage. The last retirement was the Alfa Romeo of John Everard/Mark Sharley, which slid into a muddy ditch less than a mile from the end of the rally. Both crews will receive a £100 voucher from West Wales Rally Spares, as will Ford Escort crew Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance after their number came out of the hat in the draw for a third voucher.

Meanwhile, Ford Escort Mk1 crew Stuart and Linda Cariss will receive a cheque for £240 from Holton Homes after their number came out in the draw for a refund of 50% of the event entry fee.

The success of the Kumho Clubmans Challenge continued, with 27 crews electing to contest the Challenge for cars using no more than six tyres during the event. Once again, the top overall finishers in the Challenge were Tim Freeman and Paul Wakely (Ford Escort Mk2) who finished a superb seventh overall.

Category winners in the Kumho Clubmans Challenge were Simon Wallis/Graham Wride (Lotus Cortina) in Category 1, David Kirby/Tom Hutchins (Ford Escort Mk1) from Category 2, Freeman/Wakely in Category 3, Tom Coughtrie/Calvin Cooledge (Ford Escort Mk2) in Category K and Dave Hemingway/Simon Ashton (Ford Escort Mk2) in Category O. Keith Davison won two tyres from Kumho for his Hillman Avenger in the draw for Challenge contenders.

The ‘Spirit of the Rally’ product award from Fuchs Lubricants goes to Ford Escort Mk2 crew Robert Cholmondeley and Dave Evans for scoring their first finish in five years of trying.

John Baker and Ian Jones won the Best Improvement on Seeding, which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex, after a very good run in their Ford Escort Mk2. Finally, Matt Edwards won the ‘Hard Charger’ award of a 20-litre jerry can from Green Valley Industrial Supplies. His pace in his Ford Escort Mk2 was outstanding as he took outright victory against a very strong field.

More details about the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship can be found at http://www.racrallychamp.org Follow the championship on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/RACrallychamp and on Twitter: @RACRallyChamp.

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