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Daily Archives: May 9th, 2015

manxnat15 (6)The largest entry in a decade saw challenging conditions for the crews on the Isle of Man. Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) struck early and held a comfortable lead after the first four stages before Melvyn Evans & Mark Glennerster (Impreza WRC) struck back on stage 5 to cut the gap back to 20 seconds. It was short lived however as Evans was unable to start stage 6 due to electrical issues so Bird took an overnight lead of just under a minute ahead of Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC). After level pegging roughly on Saturday’s opening pair of stages, Bird started to extend his lead and he had almost a minute and three quarters going in to stage 11. That stage would see the demise of Bird though as he punctured early on and by the time the wheel was changed the lead had long since gone and he retired from the rally. This left Pritchard to back up his 2014 win with another excellent result in 2015. Read More »