Wozie makes history on the Cambrian. Talented Ludlow ace James Wozencroft produced one of the drives of the season on this weekend's Cambrian Rally, as he took his Vauxhall Nova to a fantastic 10th overall - and dominated the Silkolene F1400 ...
Wozie makes history on the Cambrian.
Talented Ludlow ace James Wozencroft produced one of the drives of the season on this weekend's Cambrian Rally, as he took his Vauxhall Nova to a fantastic 10th overall - and dominated the Silkolene F1400 class in the process on the rain soaked North Wales event.
The final round of the BTRDA National Rally Championship would see James go head to head with his rivals for the runner up spot in the BTRDA Formula 1400 series, and the newly crowned Kumho Clubman Junior Champion made his mark in fine style on the Llandudno based rally.
Partnered by fellow Ludlow Castle Motor Club member Andrew Sankey, Wozencroft was in scintillating form on the opening 'Great Orme' special stage, as he recorded a fine 10th fastest on the tarmac test. A slight alternator problem didn't hamper the 'You Too Hair Studio' backed Nova as James opened up a sizeable lead over the closest 1400 runner.
As the event moved into the forests, the Martin Bowyer Developments and Clee Hill Motor Spares supported Vauxhall continued to set the pace in the tricky Welsh stages. Despite a relatively poor time on the longest stage of the rally by his high standards, Wozencroft was hard to catch as he opened up a slender four second lead after the short Clocaenog East stage.
With rival Neil Weaver succumbing to the pace of the battle for the lead, Wozencroft found himself left with the healthy after the Penmachno loop of stages. Whilst the lead was sufficient, James showed no signs of backing off as he recorded another stunning stage time in the Penmachno South stage - 9th fastest overall, despite stiff four wheel drive opposition in the slippery conditions.
James then showed his class yet further on the final stage of the day - the Great Orme, running this time in the reverse direction. Wozencroft astounded his rivals by setting an amazing 3rd fastest overall time on the stage - and in the process became the first man ever to take a 1400cc car to a top ten finish in the BTRDA National Rally Championship.
The gifted youngster was quick to praise the people who had supported him this season:
"I'm delighted with the result today" said James after spraying the victory champagne. "The car was great, and Andrew did a top job on the notes all day. I must say a big thank you to my service crew for all their efforts this season as well. Its been a tough year but we've all worked hard to get the best result possible, and today was a fitting end to the year. Given the strength of the competition in the F1400 section, its great that I have been the first person to finish inside the Top Ten overall on a rally in one of these cars."
Wozencroft has enjoyed a successful year on the stages. Aside from taking the runners up spot in the coveted BTRDA 1400 series, the Shropshire man has also finished runner up in the Kumho Clubman series and also finished top junior driver within the same championship.