Davies does the double in Cumbria! Talented Welsh youngster Kevin Davies was in excellent form on this weekend's Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria, as the 20 year old West Walian scored his second consecutive class win of the season. Davies, ...
Davies does the double in Cumbria!
Talented Welsh youngster Kevin Davies was in excellent form on this weekend's Malcolm Wilson Rally in Cumbria, as the 20 year old West Walian scored his second consecutive class win of the season. Davies, from Llanfihangel-ar-Arth near Llandysul, also scooped a fine 6th overall in the BTRDA National 1400 Rally Championship in the process after a trouble free day.
Starting from the Cumbrian market town of Cockermouth, the Malcolm Wilson Rally uses some of the most demanding Lake District forest stages, and Davies, with Llandysul's Emyr Jones alongside, was looking forward to the muddy and sometimes icy gravel roads. Buoyed by a fine class win on the recent Wyedean Rally, Davies was keen to gain more experience on the event, in only his first year of rallying.
Driving the Geoff Jones Motorsport prepared Nissan Micra Kit Car, Davies took things cautiously on the frost covered first stage, but upped his pace considerably as the morning frost turned to slippery Cumbrian mud. The 20 year old EXL Windows backed driver soon began to assert his authority on the Class A5 leaderboard, and Kevin's strong pace would also see him move into the lower reaches of the BTRDA 1400 top ten leaderboard.
As the event wound its way south to the testing Grizedale forest complex, Davies and Jones had built a commanding lead in the Micra. Davies maintained the pressure over his rivals in the two brief stages held within 'Grizzly Grizedale' - well known for its car eating reputation. Davies, however, was in no mood to give up his class lead, and Kevin was able to ease off over the last couple of stages as he grabbed a dominant class victory - beating his nearest rival by well over three minutes, and taking a fantastic sixth overall in the BTRDA 1400 standings.
As a reward for his consistency, Kevin now moves up to an excellent 4th overall in the BTRDA 1400 points standings, and holds a commanding 21 point class lead from closest rival Marcel Freling. Davies also holds fourth in the BTRDA Junior Driver points table after his extremely encouraging start to the season:
'I'm over the moon with the result' said Kevin at the rally finish. 'The car was faultless today, we just put in fuel and checked the tyres. It was a joy to drive on the stages, and we really enjoyed ourselves. The first stage was quite tricky in the icy conditions, and a number of 1400 crews struggled in there. After that, we increased our pace steadily through the day, and we were very happy to take another class win and finish 6th overall in the 1400's, which is far more than we expected on only our second event of the year.
The main aim for the season is to build up as much experience as possible, so its very encouraging to see our names at the top of the class points table at this early stage. Its a real bonus. Next up is the North Humberside Rally, which uses the Yorkshire forests. They are incredibly fast, and nothing like the stages we have just done in Cumbria. Its another lesson for us to learn, but hopefully we can add a few more points to the championship lead if we can.'