It was another busy weekend (2nd April) for BMC stage rallyists as they spread themselves to various locations to compete under the Brecon Motor Club name. The second round of the British Historic Rally Championship kicked off from Dollgellau and Jason Pritchard made a big statement in his regular Escort RS1800 by going out and taking yet another win to back up his earlier Red Kite Stages success . A blindingly quick time on the first stage sealed the deal really as the others tried to play catch up and a further two fastest times saw him finish with a 21 second advantage which also leaves him with a healthy championship lead over Nick Elliott.
Malcolm Rich made his second Group 4 Escort appearance and reckoned it was another good day of learning and more importantly another solid finish. The car performed reliably and 14th overall was a decent result and a step in the direction of getting into the top ten. Jason and Malcolm will now prepare for a trip to Cumbria for the Pirelli Carlisle Rally on April 30th.
In Category One Bob & Dale Gibbons once again made it their own, the Cortina reliably getting them through the north Wales forests. Bob & Dale will also be heading north at the end of the month in the hope of another category win and maximum championship points.
Elsewhere Craig Jones made his debut on sealed surface with the rumbling BMW Compact at Down Ampney near Cirencester and came away with a good 19th overall and more importantly a pile of points for the Welsh Mixed Surface Championship. Jon Hawkins made a return to the passenger seat to guide Craig safely round so that the car can be prepared for the Dixies Challenge in a few weeks time.
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