'Fiesta tester nets second for Davies'. Kevin Davies put in a stellar performance on Wales Rally GB this weekend as he set a number of fastest Ford Fiesta ST stage times on the FIA World Rally Championship event. Davies would eventually finish...
'Fiesta tester nets second for Davies'.
Kevin Davies put in a stellar performance on Wales Rally GB this weekend as he set a number of fastest Ford Fiesta ST stage times on the FIA World Rally Championship event. Davies would eventually finish as the unofficial second Fiesta ST150 home on the rally after three very tough and incident packed days in the forests of South Wales.
Backed by KJ's Eden Tours, David Harries and Co, Yokohama Tyres, X-Cite Motorsport Supplies and JDR Thomas of Newcastle Emlyn, 22 year old Kevin was hopeful of a very good result on what was effectively his 'home' rally. Based in Llanfihangel-ar-Arth in West Wales, the forests of Trawscoed and Brechfa are close to the young Welshman's back yard, and he was looking forward to the event in his Geoff Jones Motorsport run machine.
Kevin and co-driver Shaun O'Gorman started in the best possible fashion with fastest Fiesta time on the opening stage of the rally. Davies maintained his strong pace with a string of competitive stage times throughout the rally, despite the difficult driving conditions. Heavy rain and the passing of many 4wd rally cars in the field caused havoc with the stages, leaving deep ruts in places. It required a great deal of skill from the MSA British Rally Elite Academy member to keep the Fiesta on the road and out of trouble on the very fast South Wales roads.
Despite having the Discovery TV channel filming his every move on the rally, Kevin was loving every second in the limelight. The Fiesta was running without problems, and the Yokohama tyres were also performing superbly well in the wet, muddy and rough conditions.
Just when it looked as though it was all going to be plain sailing - up popped a little ditch! Kevin's speed and enthusiasm to perform was caught out on a corner and the Fiesta slid off the road and onto its side in a ditch. Fortunately, due to the efforts of the spectators present, the Fiesta was eventually restored to its four wheels on the ground and the young Welshman continued. Unfortunately, many minutes had been lost in the process, and Davies and O'Gorman slipped back down the leaderboard. A broken windscreen was the main problem that needed curing, but rapid work by the GJM crew quickly rectified that issue in no time at all.
For the final day, Kevin wanted to end the rally on a high. True to his word, Davies was on his absolute top form on home soil. The youngster notched up fastest times in Brechfa and Trawscoed to end the rally 60th overall, and unofficially the 2nd Fiesta ST150 home on the rally. After three days of intense driving, the whole team were absolutely delighted with another excellent result. Kevin said:
"I'm just over the moon to be honest! We had to work so hard to get to this event. I've got to say a big thanks to all of our sponsors, and in particular Martin Healer for his support on event. Martin kindly loaned us his service van and a motorhome, which was a huge help to our event plans. I'm really happy with the way things went. We were a bit unlucky to have the moment in the ditch, but that's rallying sometimes. Big thanks from Shaun and me to all the spectators who helped us get the car out - thank you all! If you are not trying hard, then you will never take the risk of making a mistake. Fortunately there was little damage and I'm very happy with the way the event panned out for us. Setting fastest Fiesta times was also a real bonus, as it showed that not only can we set fastest times in the UK series, we can also do it at the World level as well. I'm really pleased about that, as it was always going to be a good benchmark for us. Overall, it was a very successful weekend for all of us, and I'm delighted with the way things have turned out. All I need to do now is win the M-Sport International Shootout for the chance to work with the Ford World Rally Team for a year!"
Davies has travelled north to Cockermouth, home of M-Sport and the BP Ford World Rally Team immediately after Wales Rally GB. Kevin will join more than 20 drivers from around the world in a bid to land an 'Apprentice' type role with the Ford team for 12 months.