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woodpecker14 (6)Every now and again the Woodpecker is not blighted by dust and 2014 was one of those occasions as a damp evening ensured the dust would not be an issue. The rally would see a tustle between Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) against Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Early on Perez had issues with his Focus and safe in the knowledge he already had 2 victories this season he played it safe to take 2nd behind Bird rather than push and lose any championship points. With 2 rounds to go it is all still to play for between the rivals and friends. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) were almost a minute off the pace of Bird to complete the podium in what was another great display in a former group N car.

In the 2WD battle there were high hopes for Joe Price & Chris Brooks (Escort MkII) as they debuted their Historic specification car. Matthew Robinson & Sam Collis (Escort MkII) showed them the way though beating the Ludlow crew by over a minute, still it was a good debut for Price’s new car ahead of more outings due in 2015. Ben Llewellin & Paul Williams (Escort MkII) completed the podium just 15 seconds further back, as the young Welshman showed he has the potential to follow in his Father’s footsteps.

The 1400’s saw Mark Gamble & Steve Link (Swift) realise the potential of what looks a great car on and off the stages by leading home 2014 title contenders Mat Smith & Giles Dykes (Ka). The final gap was 12 seconds and going in to the final stage the top two were level on time, showing just how much Gamble pushed through the final Radnor test. Dan Gray & Matt Rogers (106) completed the podium. Meanwhile the top two in rally first were separated by just 4 seconds as Nick Carr & Joe Sturdy took the top spot. James West & Steve Eggington (Polo Gti) were left to rue what could have been after an excursion cost them the top spot.

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