'Davies dusts off the Dukeries challenge' Flying Welshman Kevin Davies made it five straight wins from five starts as he further enhanced his grip on class A5 of the Silkolene 1400 National Rally Championship on this weekend's Dukeries ...
'Davies dusts off the Dukeries challenge'
Flying Welshman Kevin Davies made it five straight wins from five starts as he further enhanced his grip on class A5 of the Silkolene 1400 National Rally Championship on this weekend's Dukeries Rally.
The Llanfihangel-ar-Arth based youngster was never headed in his Yokohama shod Nissan Micra Kit Car, despite suffering early overheating problems on the hot and dusty Mansfield based event. The sixth round of the highly combative 1400 series would be contested over 45 miles of fast and sandy gravel stages within the Sherwood and Clipstone forests.
EXL Windows backed Kevin, with Llandysul's Emyr Jones alongside, took the class lead on the opening test of the rally, before a soaring engine temperature gauge caused a scare on the second stage. Backing off considerably to conserve the engine in the Geoff Jones Motorsport run machine, Kevin carefully nursed the Micra to first service for investigation. A swift diagnosis from the team and an even swifter radiator change immediately returned to the Micra to full health, and Davies was able to push on in search of the class win he craved.
Push on the 20 year old certainly did. The young West Walian star had pedal to the metal for the remainder of the day as he scorched through the dusty Nottinghamshire forests. Davies even got to run first car on the road for the first time in his career as his rivals encountered problems on the stages. It was great experience for KJ's Eden Tours backed Davies who had to choose his own line through the stages with no 'tracks' to follow.
With a clean run to the finish, Davies was thrilled to notch up yet another superb class win, beating his closest rival by the whopping margin of four minutes by the end. The result now leaves Davies within touching distance of the Class A5 Championship title after another spirited performance in the Micra. One more class victory on any of the remaining four events this season will see Kevin lift the crown in his first season in the sport.
'It's been another learning experience today' said Kevin. 'I've not really driven in very dusty conditions before, so it was quite an eye opener. The Yokohama tyres we were using worked very well in the sandy conditions, and whilst some of the other drivers were having problems with grip, we had plenty. The overheating problem was a bit of a cause for concern, but the boys at Geoff Jones Motorsport did a great job in finding the problem and sorting it so quickly. After that, we had a great run and to win by four minutes was maybe a bit flattering, but we were certainly pushing very hard indeed towards the end of the day.
I'm thrilled that we are possibly just one rally away from wrapping up the Championship, and that really would be the icing on the cake for the year so far. Our sponsors have been terrific all year in supporting us, so I really hope that I can re-pay their support on the Quinton Rally next month. We'll be going all out for the class win on that event to make sure that the Championship is ours - the best possible 'thank you' that we can give to them in return!'
David Harries & Co. backed Kevin's next outing will indeed be the Quinton Stages on July 9th. The Llandovery based rally uses some of the stages better known for their inclusion on the Wales Rally GB, such as Halfway and Crychan, and is another 'home' rally for Welshmen Kevin and Emyr. The flying Micra duo will certainly be a crew to look out for as they aim to secure their title dream in style.