Wrexham: Rally of Wales preview

"Cup to Wales" Wrexham Rally of Wales, 18th - 19th May, 2002 After a thrilling start to the season in Gateshead on the last weekend of April, the 206 Super Cup heads to Wrexham to contest the second round of the eight round series. This time the...

"Cup to Wales"
Wrexham Rally of Wales, 18th - 19th May, 2002

After a thrilling start to the season in Gateshead on the last weekend of April, the 206 Super Cup heads to Wrexham to contest the second round of the eight round series. This time the Cup will contest only one event with full points and prizes for the two days of intense competition in the classic forests of Clocaenog and the complex round Sweet Lamb, including Myherin and Hafren. NEWI College in Wrexham will be the headquarters for the event, plus the service area on Saturday, while Sunday sees the rally entourage based at Sweet Lamb.

With the memory of his Gateshead double victory still tasting sweet, Garry Jennings is expected back on top form in Wales, numbered 61. The 24 year old former professional footballer is leading the championship by some 9 points from Scot Mike Faulkner, who put in a very consistent performance on the double header in Gateshead. Shaun Gallagher will be next off in 3rd place, his poor seeding on the first event now changed with him being in the top ten of the 206 Super Cup standings.

Richard Sykes, who is very confident of a good result on the Wrexham Rally, will try to take more than one fastest time while 5th place man, Londoner Paul Alexander has made a complete recovery from his off-season surgery and is hoping to not be so rusty on this event. Jack Ingleby from Huntly, Scotland is finding car preparation and study time in Oxford very conflicting while Finn Marko Ramanen will be hoping to finish the event and increase his points tally after his Sunday non finish in Gateshead.

Fireman Chris Moore was setting the pace in Gateshead until a wet ditch dragged him in on the first day, so his second place on the Sunday put welcome points on the board plus a dominant class win at the Lion Stages on 12th May has further boosted his confidence. And Daniel Dunbabin is going for the honours this weekend, very disappointed with his non-finish on the first event, as well as the loss of his trailer.

Celebrity driver Richard West will take the 206 Super Cup test & development car through its paces for the first time on this event. The British Touring Car Series Director is changing from the tin-tops to the gravel, despite being nearly 20 years since his competition retirement.

Two non-starts are Canadian Patrick Richard who has previous commitments to Subaru in Canada this weekend, and Banchory man Quintin Milne whose car will only just be out of the bodyshop after his accident in "Killer Kielder" last time out.

Newcomer from just outside Glasgow, Alan Doncaster, joins the fray, with Irishman Graham McLintock, now recovered from his testing accident just before the Gateshead Rally, also joining the TOTAL supported 206 Super Cup for the first time this season.

With current championship standings shown, we look forward to another thrilling battle in the 206 Super Cup. <pre> Current Standings: Garry Jennings 15 15 30 1 Mike Faulkner 11 10 21 2 Shaun Gallager 10 9 19 3 Richard Sykes 7 11 18 4 Paul Alexander 9 6.5 15.5 5

The timings for the Rally of Wales are below, 206 Super Cup timetable. In general, on the stages, the International field will start approximately 45 minutes before these times:

Timetable:-

17th May 07:30 Recce (Forest Stages) Hafren

18th May, Saturday      12:00-13:00     Scrutineering           Speed Six Ltd, Wrexham
                        17:50           Rally Start             Stage           Road
                        21:05           Service, NEWI
                        21:50           Parc Ferme              18:57           60.79
19th May, Sunday        06:20           Re-start
                        07:50           SV - Newtown
                        09:54           SV - Sweet Lamb
                        11:28           SV - Sweet Lamb
                        13:53           SV - Sweet Lamb
                        15:27           SV - Sweet Lamb
                        18:05           Finish at Podium        88.14           199.72
                        20:00           Prizegiving             NEWI College

As Sweet Lamb is not noted for telephone service, results will be couriered to the Service Area from the Results Office at the main road. These will be available from the Peugeot area in Service.

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