Jennings on a charge. Britain's leading one make championship, the 206 Super Cup, heads to Wales for the second time this season, to contest the Quinton Rally. This rally is a one day, 45 mile event, with the Cup competitors only on route notes,...
Jennings on a charge.
Britain's leading one make championship, the 206 Super Cup, heads to Wales for the second time this season, to contest the Quinton Rally. This rally is a one day, 45 mile event, with the Cup competitors only on route notes, based in mid-Wales.
But despite the shortness of the event by comparison to the Jim Clark recently contested, it will be no easy victory for the winner. Classic names of Crychan, Cefn and Caeo reveal the flowing gravel stages. Rory Galligan, 2001 winner of the Super 106 Cup, rated this as "one of the best in the Championship", principally due to the quality of the stages.
Garry Jennings, from Ballinamallard in Northern Ireland, has taken the lead of the 206 Super Cup championship back, and aims to hold on to it with another win. He was pipped at the post on the Rally of Wales by a mere 6.7 seconds earlier in the year but made no mistake to win by a similar margin last time out, so is determined to make this his year.
Shaun Gallagher, who hails from Donegal, has made a rapid improvement this year, and lies a mere three points behind in the standings, though has yet to drop a score. He so nearly had his maiden victory on the Jim Clark, only a handful of seconds split him and Jennings after 157 miles of competition and is looking forward to tasting that champagne at least once this season.
Third in the championship lies Mike Faulkner. The Scot led the Cup briefly going to the Jim Clark, but a monumental crash on Stage 4 resulted in a new shell being ordered, and a lot of midnight oil being burnt in the race to get the car prepared in time. Fourth is Marko Ramanen - he too had a big accident on the Jim Clark, though his car was repairable. His victory on the Scottish gravel surface will still be on his mind as he tries to repeat the performance. Lying in fifth place is another Scot, Aberdeenshire man Jack Ingleby, who finished 6th on the Jim Clark.
Sixth, but one to watch, is the Rally of Wales winner Chris Moore, the Geordie lad has already two dropped scores in the championship, so needs to consolidate all the results to the end of the year to ensure Cup victory.
Further crews to watch on gravel are Patrick Richard, the rapid Canadian was leading the Scottish Rally until his roll into retirement. Rob Russell too, has not contested all the rounds so far, so is languishing in the championship, but ought to put in a fight. George Philippedes and Matt Jessup both took part in the Swansea Bay Rally last weekend in their preparations, George in particular very pleased with his performance. Continued/...
The latest of newcomers to the Super Cup is making his first appearance. David Wright, former British Junior Champion is turning the wheel in anger, with new co-driver Mike Panes alongside. Mike's usual Cup driver has sold the car to another potential newcomer.
Andy Pawley, Alun Pearson and Martin Evans have all been knocking on the door of the top ten, and so too would Richard Sykes, if only he didn't have a problem on the first stage of each event, resulting in a spirited charge back through the field.
The event starts and finishes from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, with central servicing in a new area near the Epynt Ranges.
<pre> The Quinton Rally, 27th July, 2002 Time Table:
Friday 26th July Scrutineering Showground 15:30 - 21:30
Saturday 27th July Start Showground 09:01
8 Stages, 44.85 Stage Miles
Finish Showground 16:45
Saturday 27th July Prize Giving Showground 20:00