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Rally Yorkshire: Richard Sykes summary

Sweet Yorkshire Success for Sykes Stourbridge resident Richard Sykes didn't just win last weekends Trackrod 'All Stars' Event-- he dominated it, winning every stage in his G.I Sykes backed Peugeot 106 en route to an eventual winning margin of...

Sweet Yorkshire Success for Sykes

Stourbridge resident Richard Sykes didn't just win last weekends Trackrod 'All Stars' Event-- he dominated it, winning every stage in his G.I Sykes backed Peugeot 106 en route to an eventual winning margin of well over 4 and a half minutes.

Richard, who was once more co-driven by Simon Taylor in the Acaster Boat Sales supported, JAM Motorsport run Peugeot, was in his element through the high speed stages in the Yorkshire Forests. On an event where a well set up machine and excellent car control were key elements to any success story Richard once again showed he was a class above everyone else. He was a full 40 seconds faster than the next quickest competitor through the opening stage, and then continued as he had begun.

In fact, such was his pace that Richard was faster than the 1600cc Citroen C2R2's for the later half of the rally and on Stage 7, Staindale 2, he was the second fastest 2 wheel drive in the entire rally! This meant that the little 1400cc would have been placed well inside the top 20 on the overall British Rally Championship results!

Everything just clicked for us this weekend. The car ran brilliantly and full credit to Martin Bowyer for giving us such a sweet engine. The long straights on this event put a massive strain on the power plant but the engine never missed a beat all day long. After the opening stage I just drove at 95%, not pushing hard but still going quick enough to maintain my concentration.

With his third win in a row Richard is now in a strong position in the overall standings and as such will be looking for a strong run on the season finale, the Tempest Rally in Aldershot on the 10th of November.

-credit: rs

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