FORDS MAKE A SPLASH ON THE WYEDEAN!
Jon Ingram & Ian Allsop are the winners of the 2006 Get Connected! Wyedean Forest Rally. Their Ford Focus WRC started the final stage ten seconds ahead of the similar car of Steve Perez & Neil Dashfield, but the actual winning margin was reduced to just three after 45 miles of special stages in the Forest of Dean.
Former Wyedean winners Brian Bell & Paul Spooner made it a Focus 1-2-3, while the Ford monopoly was broken by last year’s victors, Dorian Rees & Paul Willetts, who finished 4th this time in a Skoda Octavia WRC.
The Top Six was completed by the Mitsubishi Lancers of Shaun Gardener/Ben Innes & Roger Chilman/Andrew Sankey. The latter crew were beginning the defence of their Silverstone Tyres Gold Star Rally Championship, of which the Wyedean was the opening round.
The Get Connected! Wyedean Forest Rally was also a qualifying round of both the MSA English & Welsh Rally Championships and, following the opening encounter, the leaders are Chilman/Sankey and Rees/Willetts respectively.
The MD of event sponsor Unibet which is well known traditional UK bookmaker, Damian Cole with co-driver Den Golding, finished in 12thplace in his Hyundai Accent WRC to take his best result on the rally so far.
While the battle amongst the four-wheel drive turbo-charged cars was raging at the front, their two-wheel drive counterparts were engaged in an equally frenetic struggle further down the field. The Ford Escort of Paul Barrett/Dermot Colgan took top honours, a handful of seconds ahead of the similar car of Andrew & Shane Bowen.
As is the norm on the event, competitors in the Xspec 1400 Championship, of whom there were over 50 on this occasion, ran at the front of the field throughout the day. Having been first away from the start, Neil Weaver/Nick Thornton (Vauxhall Corsa) led the category from the second stage through to the finish and built up a lead of over a minute on their nearest rivals, Mark & Andrew Constantine, in another Corsa. Early leaders Malcolm Hague/Dave Read went on to take 3rd in their Ford Escort.
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On a crisp, cold day in the Forest of Dean, the retirement rate was considerable as more than a quarter of the capacity 180 entry failed to make it back to the finish. Just 50 yards into the first stage at Chepstow Racecourse, the MG ZR of Niall Cowan/Pamela Hilton ground to a halt with gearbox failure, while previous Wyedean winners Andy Burton (Peugeot Cosworth) and Nik Elsmore (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO7) both departed with mechanical troubles on the second stage.