Lake District Challenge for Class Leading Kevin Llanfihangel-ar-arth (Llandysul) rally driver Kevin Davies makes the long journey north this weekend, as the Welsh youngster contests the second round of the BTRDA National 1400 Rally Championship,...
Lake District Challenge for Class Leading Kevin
Llanfihangel-ar-arth (Llandysul) rally driver Kevin Davies makes the long journey north this weekend, as the Welsh youngster contests the second round of the BTRDA National 1400 Rally Championship, The Malcolm Wilson Rally.
Based in Cockermouth in Cumbria, the rally consists of the little used forest stages near to Coniston, including the mighty Grizedale forest - a stage to be feared in the history of the sport. For Kevin, it will be another daunting challenge on only his third ever stage rally. With such little experience under his belt in the Geoff Jones Motorsport run Nissan Micra Kit Car, it is a major achievement for Kevin to be leading the Championship A5 Class going into the rally, after an excellent class win on the recent Wyedean Rally.
Partnered by experienced Llandysul man Emyr Jones, the pair built their pace up gradually through the day to score a finely judged win on very slippery surfaces. Snow is a realistic possiblity for the demanding Lake District stages being offered this weekend, and Kevin's learning curve in this, his first season of rallying, will have climbed steeply by the end of this event.
Despite the delight caused by the class win on the first rally of the season, Davies is under no illusions as to what the game plan needs to be this weekend. Whilst going for Championship honours is a real bonus for the 20 year old, experience of the stages and different surfaces is the main reason for contesting the popular Silkolene backed National 1400 Championship, as Kevin explains:
'Its another stab in the dark for me this weekend. The stages are totally new and I've never even been to the Lake District before - so it really will be another huge learning experience. Emyr and I worked very well together on the Wyedean Rally, and it really was a big bonus to take the class award in the process. I was very satisfied with that as it had not been an easy day by any stretch of the imagination!
However, we wipe the slate clean again now, and we tackle the Malcolm Wilson Rally like its our first event. We need to get a good feel for the roads as quickly as possible, and then build on our pace as the day progresses. Our Team Boss Geoff Jones has a huge amount of experience of rallying across the UK, so I'm sure that we'll be drawing on Geoff's advice throughout the event. I'm very much looking forward to the rally now, and I hope we can extend our Championship lead in A5 a little further'.
Kevin's National Rally Championship campaign in 2005 is supported by EXL Windows, Eden Tours, Geoff Jones Motorsport and David Harries & Co.