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F1000_PR3_15_PLSCharlie Barlow masters the Peter Lloyd Stages at Pembrey in South Wales to take provisional championship victory.

Win number six for Charlie Barlow at last weekend’s Peter Lloyd Stages was enough for the Nissan Micra pilot to take the provisional* 2015 Kick Energy Junior 1000 Rally Championship with two rounds to go. After electing to miss the previous round in Scotland, Barlow took a convincing victory at the South Wales Pembrey race circuit to make it six victories from six starts, wrapping up the title in the process. Equalling their best result this year and just eight seconds adrift from the leaders, Tom Delaney/Joe Cruttenden took second with Tommi Meadows/Ian Oakey grabbing a confidence boosting third.

Co-driven by Tom Hutchings, Barlow would not have it all his own way during the five stages of the day however with Solway Coast victor Zak Hughes/Chris Evans topping the time sheets on the opening test as he took his Citroen C1 to a five second advantage over the chasing Barlow.  Stage two saw the names reverse as Barlow topped the time sheets and there he stayed for the remaining three stages. Sadly Hughes would drop out of contention to eighth after electrical and fuel gremlins scuppered his charge for the lead on the third stage.

Delaney was the benefactor from Hughes’ misfortune to move into second and the Suzuki Alto driver also set his first ever J1000 fastest time to stamp his intentions on the leader. Mathew Davies/Ian Taylor also benefited to take third briefly in their Peugeot 107 only to slide back down to eighth following a puncture on the penultimate test. Welcome to the final podium spot then Ed Fossey/Derrick Walters who had been quietly working their way up the leader board in their Citroen C1 during the day and grabbed third on SS4. Fossey was happy with the stage times during the day and a solid run over the final stage would see an equal championship best points haul for the Jersey man.

But it wasn’t to be as the podium would change again, Fossey not appearing at the end of the final test after breaking a driveshaft on the C1 and unable to make it to the finish. Stepping up to claim the podium spot would be a consistent Meadows who was never out of the top five all event long and claimed to have driven “the best I have ever have” on the final stage to ensure a podium was possible, although admitting “it was a shame to see Ed (Fossey) parked up on the side of the road”.

Tom Williams/Emma Morrison had fought back from seventh to fourth in their Nissan Micra despite a suspension breakage and reporting several moments throughout the day as they tried to catch the hard charging Fossey and Meadows. Zak Hughes was able to climb back to fifth after his issues earlier in the day.

Peter and Jack Bayliss took maximum Senior Points in their Nissan Micra with joint Championship leaders Luke Myers and Robert Kennedy electing to miss the South Wales round.

The next round of the series takes competitors to Anglesey for the Glyn Memorial Stages in North Wales during the last weekend of October.

*Championship positions are provisional in line with championship regulations.

Image courtesy of MCR Motorsport Media.

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