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A mixed day made the first two loops of stages a tyre lottery over the Epynt military ranges on this years Harry Flatters rally. Damien Cole & Craig Drew (Focus WRC) were fastest out of the blocks and were fastest on the first six stages to lead by 14.5 seconds from a hard charging Peter Lloyd & Graham Handley (Impreza WRC S14). On stage 7, the final stage of loop 3, Lloyd set the fastest time shaving almost 3 seconds off Cole’s lead meaning it was game on for the final two stages. Meanwhile back in 3rd were John Indri & Dave Engwell (Darrian T90 GTR) just holding at bay Eian Pritchard & Martin Jones who were getting used to their newly acquired Impreza WRC S11. Read More »

Mewla 09 (13)Damp conditions and drizzle for most of the day made the Mewla most autumnal, but with one of the best quality fields set to tackle the ranges in years all was set for an excllent event. The conditions made tyre choice a lottery and with several delays and cancelled stages the event was very stop start. The initial pace was set by Chris Jones & Ashley Trimble (Focaru) before Peter Lloyd & Graham Handley (Impreza WRC) took over at the top. Once the longer stages came in to play Melvyn Evans & Sean Mullally took over at the top, in their Impreza WRC, but with two stages to go an engine fault lead to their retirement at service. Peter Lloyd took over at the top, which he held until the end of the event, to make August a great month for the reigning King of Epynt. Read More »

Harry Flatters 09 (4)Tragedy struck on this years Harry Flatters when life long rally enthusiast John Phillips was hit in a freak accident. Whilst the rally continued, a dark cloud was left over the events proceedings. In the rally an intense battle was played out between Mark Solloway and Gwyndaf Evans. Solloway, co-driven by Den Golding, held a slender one second lead overnight and the Epynt specialist locked horns all day with the former British Champion until Gwyndaf’s car expired after the final stage. Terry Brown & Will Rogers took second a somewhat distant two and a half minutes behind with Julian Reynolds & Ian Oakey close behind in third, making it an all Escort MkII and Classic top three.

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Mini Epynt 09 (25)Two rallies in two days on two different surfaces as we watched the inaugural running of the Mini Epynt Stages. The entry contained a lot of Epynt novices as this event was very much geared towards the clubmen driver. With a field largely composed of two wheel drive machinery it was the TVR Tuscan of David Bishop & Simon Crew who took a memorable victory, from being seeded number 23. Just behind them in second place, but running directly in front as car 22, were Paul Fowden & Paul Wakely in their Impreza. Completing the top three, after the demise of Jason Pritchard’s C2R2 with a broken driveshaft on the final stage, was our driver of the day Ed Lloyd. He certainly entertained in his TR8 always visibily closing on the car in front, on every stage we saw. Read More »