Rallying: David Stokes wins British MSA Post-Historic Championship
12:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Sport
DURSLEY’S David Stokes and co-driver Guy Weaver wrapped up another British MSA Post-Historic Championship with a fine second overall on Rally Sunseeker Historic, writes Paul Willetts.
The Poole-based event brought the curtain down on a mixed season for the pair.
Retirement on the penultimate round in Scotland left them with only a slim chance of the overall title, but the post-historic category was still up for grabs.
This is the first time the British historic series had ventured to the south coast.
Nine very slippery stages were on offer totalling some 52 competitive miles.
Thousands thronged to Friday night’s ceremonial start in Poole, before the action got underway first thing Saturday morning.
Stokes was straight into his stride with the second fastest time on the opening Uddens test.
This was followed by a huge moment on the next test in Ringwood forest, when a missed braking point caused a few seconds of panic within.
From then on the pair got their heads down to consolidate second. With great category rival Richard Hill going all out to win the championship, they knew if the Chesterfield driver took the category he would win the overall title and the post-historic title would be theirs.
Despite some spirited driving to keep Hill on his toes, they had to settle for second overall, as crews returned to Poole.
Weaver said: “Fair credit to Richard, he’s deserved the title. He has gone very well all year.
“We’ve had a mixed year, but to take the post historic category is a great way to end the campaign.
“Rallying is all ifs and buts and a couple of frustrating retirements has cost us, but David has driven very well.
“You have to remember a lot of these boys are half David’s age and it’s a tribute to him to be mixing it with them. He is a pleasure to sit with.”
Their attention now turns to Wales Rally GB National rally. Stokes did two of the old Lombard RAC rallies in the 1970s.
Although mileage wise a shadow of that classic event, it still holds a fantastic challenge over the three days in the Welsh forests.
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