Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship

Round 1: Wyedean Rally, 11 February

Shaun Gardener and Ben Innes scored maximum points on the opening round of the 2012 MSA Welsh Rally Championship, the Wyedean Rally, after a remarkable day’s competition in the Forest of Dean.

Gardener and Innes were surprised to take a maximum points haul with second place overall, having hit a tree after sliding off the road on SS6.

Roger Chilman and Bryan Thomas claimed fifth overall in their Subaru WRC after running as low as 30th on the first stage, while Paul Davy and Roger Allan took Group N honours and sixth overall in their recently rebuilt Subaru N4.

Results1 Shaun Gardener / Ben Innes (Mitsubishi EVO 5-9) 56m32s2 Roger Chilman / Bryan Thomas (Subaru WRC) 58m04s3 Paul Davy / Roger Allan (Subaru ImprezaN4) 58m21s

Next round: Bulldog Rally, 23-24 March

Championship positions (provisional)after Round 11 Shaun Gardener – 30 points2 Roger Chilman – 273 Paul Davy – 254 Matt Edwards – 245 Keith Wilde – 23