Dursley driver David Stokes wins category two at Harry Flatters Rally
12:00pm Sunday 11th August 2013 in Sport
DURSLEY’S David Stokes totally dominated category two on the recent Harry Flatters Rally, taking victory by nearly four minutes in the Draycott Bakeries/Ashmores backed Escort RS1600, writes Paul Willetts.
The Brecon Motor Club organised event was the latest round of the Mintex MSA British historic and Dennis Motorsport Welsh historic series and offered 75 competitive miles on the daunting Epynt ranges and attracted a top quality entry.
Stokes stopped the clocks three seconds quicker than his great rival Richard Hill on the opening test,then a further four on next one, and a huge 18 on the long third stage to lead by 25 seconds at service,despite an overshoot on the last stage of the loop.
The second loop was a repeat of the first one, with the Dursley baker taking another eight seconds out of the Chesterfield driver, to lead by 33 seconds at the lunch halt.
The afternoon loop consisted of three long stages.
On the first of these torrential rain caused problems for the front running crews with absolutely no visibility.
Stage seven also saw the end of Hill with a broken oil cooler.
With such a commanding lead Stokes cruised through the final two tests to take a deserved victory over the similar Escort RS1600 of Roger Matthews and Paul Morris.
The next outing is the bumpy Irish lanes and the Todds Leap Ulster Historic Rally, before Stokes and co-driver Guy Weaver head for the Isle of the Man for the 50th anniversary of the Manx Rally.
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