UK: Kevin Davies SoF Panaround Rally summary

'Davies takes third on positive MG debut'. Welsh rally starlet Kevin Davies continued his impressive progress in the 2005 rallying season as he claimed a fine third in class on this weekend's Panaround Rally, a round of the British Rally ...

'Davies takes third on positive MG debut'.

Welsh rally starlet Kevin Davies continued his impressive progress in the 2005 rallying season as he claimed a fine third in class on this weekend's Panaround Rally, a round of the British Rally Championship 'Stars of the Future' series.

Davies, from Llanfihangel-ar-Arth near Llandysul, was using a Geoff Jones Motorsport prepared MG ZR1400 for the very first time on the Dolgellau based event. The 60 stage mile event took place behind the International Rally of Wales. Davies was keen to put on a good display to help promote zoomwales.org - the soon to be launched official website of the Wales Motorsport Initiative supported Performance Engineering Training Program (PETP).

The EXL Windows backed 20 year old, with Llandysul's Emyr Jones alongside, was in great form on the event, as he set about the task of driving the MG for the first time. Having scored a hat-trick of class victories already this season behind the wheel of a Geoff Jones Motorsport prepared Nissan Micra Kit Car, the MG was a very different prospect for Kevin in the hilly Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Pantperthog stages.

With his usual unflappable confidence, the West Walian showed that he can be a force in any car as he instantly took to the MG, setting fastest times in his class on debut in the car. All the good work nearly came to nothing as Davies survived a high speed brush with a tree on the Gartheiniog stage, slightly damaging the rear end of the KJ's Eden Tours backed MG. A time penalty was also incurred by the crew, and Davies and Jones found themselves 3rd in the class after an exciting day.

Kevin was pleased with his progress in the new car:

'I really enjoyed our visit to these stages' said Kevin. 'It was the first time for me here, and also the first time in the MG, so there was plenty to adapt to today. The MG and the Nissan Micra I'm used to driving are quite different, so it took a bit of getting used to in the MG. Having said that, we had a really good day today. The forests were quite slippy and rough as a result of the recent rain, but the MG handled the rough stuff quite well.

We built our confidence up quickly and we were very happy to set some fastest times in the class. It is all good experience, and great to help promote the efforts of the Wales Motorsport Initiative as well. Hopefully we can work with them again in the future to continue to promote the good work they do within the Motorsport and engineering sectors within Wales.'

Davies will return to action in the Silkolene 1400 National Rally Championship next, as he tackles the Red Dragon Rally, based in Port Talbot. The South Walian forestry stages will be the closest to 'home' that Kevin will encounter this season, and the youngster will be looking to make it four class wins from four as he reunites with the Nissan Micra Kit Car for the event.

-jemsport-

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