Organiser: Bath Motor Club Date: February 25/26 Where: Wiltshire/Somerset Championships:
AWMMC & ASWMC Route: 135 Miles Starters: 63.
Bath Motor Club’s Festival Rally was won in empathic style by the MG ZR of Jamie
Turner/Bob Blows. The pairing finished over a minute ahead of the field after many
of their rivals fell by the wayside.
It was a tough event, with the combination of an intricate route and the after effects
of Storm Doris making it a challenge for all competitors. Dan Darkin/Nick Darkin
were fastest over the test that opened proceedings, but they had lost the lead to
the eventual winner by the time that their Impreza suffered clutch failure on the
third section. Top seeds Paul Tod/David ‘Garth’ Powell went out with engine problems,
while gearbox failure accounted for Jamie Jukes/Dale Bowen and a lack of brakes forced
out Craig Judd/Gerwyn Barry. None of these made the halfway halt.
Kevin ‘Penclaw’ Jones, this time partnered by Alan James, showed that his Primrose
pace wasn’t a fluke by edging out Gavin Rogers/Georgina Clark for the runner up spot
at the Finish.
Matt Barker/John Connor took fifth overall and the Expert Class, but would have been
in third place if they hadn’t been held up for several minutes by a car that had
got stuck in front of them.