WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship award winners announced

The special award winners for the seventh and final round of the 2014 West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship have been announced following the Trackrod Historic Cup (26/27 September).Brothers Simon and Alistair Crook were unfortunate enough to post the first retirement of the rally when gearbox problems sidelined their Open Category Opel Manta early in the opening stage in Staindale. The last retirement was the Opel Ascona of Peter Smith and Patrick Walsh, with halfshaft failure on the final stage. Both crews will receive a £100 voucher from West Wales Rally Spares, as will Ford Escort Mk1 crew Alan and Liam Carfrae after their number came out of the hat in the draw for a third voucher.Meanwhile, Talbot Sunbeam crew Pip Coulson and Daniel May will receive a cheque for £300 from Holton Homes after their number came out in the draw for a refund of 50% of the event entry fee.The run-away success of the Kumho Clubmans Challenge continued for cars using no more than six tyres during the event. Tim Freeman and Paul Williams (Ford Escort Mk2) were the highest-placed overall finishers from the Challenge contenders with a mighty run to fifth place, while James Potter and Bob Duck (Ford Escort Mk2) won a pair of Kumho tyres in the draw for contenders in the Challenge.The ‘Spirit of the Rally’ product award from Fuchs Lubricants went to Ben Mellors after a fabulous debut for his Toyota Celica RA40. The immaculate car drew widespread acclaim and Mellors achieved his ambition of a good finish in the car that was only completed the night before the rally.Phil Jobson and Arwel Jenkins had a great run in their Ford Escort Mk1 and won the Best Improvement on Seeding, which is a set of axle brake pads from Mintex.Finally, event winner Richard Hill won the ‘Hard Charger’ award of a 20-litre jerry can from Green Valley Industrial Supplies. His pace in his Ford Escort Mk2 was outstanding as he battled ahead of Matt Edwards on the final stage to secure victory.

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