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brandshatch16 (7)With no event in 2015 we made our first visit in a while to Brands Hatch and a wet start caused chaos early on, where front wheel drive ultimately proved to be the best method of drive. Chris West & Steve McNulty (306 Maxi) were joint fastest on the first stage and 4th fastest on the 2nd stage saw them sharing the lead after the first pair of stages. Steve Quigley & Tom Hutchings (Clio 172 Cup) were tied with them for the lead with Tony Robinson & Phil Clarke (Clio) just a further 2nd back after fastest time on stage 2. Through the next pair of stages the conditions improved and became more predictable, which saw the Clio’s fall back as the RWD and 4WD machinery started to make up ground.

By the end of the 4th stage West now held an 8 second advantage over Ashley Field & Ryan Vickers (Darrian T90 GTR+) with James Sharrock & Stuart Faulds (Escort MkII) a further 9 seconds back in third overall. Field dropped a further 3 seconds back on stage 5 and tied for fastest stage time with West on stage 6. The last two stages would start after sunset but Field inexplicably stalled on the line of stage 7, losing over 20 seconds whilst his Darrian struggled to fire up. It was rally over for the win and when a crew further down the field crashed on the stage requiring emergency assistance, there was no time left to run stage 8. So it was West who won by 35 seconds from Field with Sharrock a further 15 seconds behind.

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