Hill wins WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship round seven

Richard Hill and Steffan Evans claimed a superb victory on the Trackrod Historic Cup (Friday/Saturday 26/27 September), the seventh and final round of the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship.A fabulous field of historic rally cars tackled the classic Yorkshire forest stages, including Staindale and Dalby in the darkness of Friday evening and it was Matt Edwards and Paul Morris who made the early pace in their Ford Escort Mk2. However on Saturday morning Hill/Evans started a major attack to try and claw back Edwards’ 15-second overnight lead.Going into the final stage in Langdale, the gap was down to just two seconds and Hill pushed hard to secure victory by seven seconds after a fine performance by both crews. Next up were the Escorts of Tim Pearcey/Neil Shanks and Tim Freeman/Paul WilliamsRay Cunningham and Phil Clarke (Mini Cooper) took championship victory in Category 1 for the Irish ace, finishing clear of the Volvo Amazon of title rivals Graham Waite and Gill Cotton. Like many others, Waite lost time with an off in the slippery conditions of Friday evening. Category 1 victory on the event went to local legend Bob Bean with Malcolm Smithson (Lotus Cortina).David Stokes and Guy Weaver turned in yet strong performance to win Category 2 in their Ford Escort Mk1, Category K went to Tom Coughtrie/Calvin Cooledge (Escort Mk2) while in Category O it was Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance on top in their Open Category Escort Mk2.Category winners were:Category 1: Bob Bean/Malcolm Smithson (Lotus Cortina).Category 2: David Stokes/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1)Category 3: Richard Hill/Steffan Evans (Ford Escort Mk2)Category K: Tom Coughtrie/Calvin Cooledge (Ford Escort Mk2)Category O: Barry Stevenson-Wheeler/John Pickavance (Ford Escort Mk2)

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