Rallying: In-form Stokes triumphs again

Gazette Series: David Stokes in action. Picture by Kevin Money. David Stokes in action. Picture by Kevin Money.

DURSLEY'S David Stokes, with co-driver Guy Weaver, continued their recent good form with yet another category two win on last weekend's D-Mack Tyres Carlisle Stages in the Draycott Bakeries and Ashmores Escort RS1600.

The Carlisle Stages was the latest round of the WWRS RAC championship and attracted a high quality but small historic entry of only 47 cars for 44 miles in the Kershope area of Kielder Forest.

Just three morning stages were repeated after lunch before the early afternoon finish.

Right from the off Stokes was in charge of category two with the fastest time over the opening ten-mile test in Kershope Forest.

He built on this on the next two stages in Newcastleton and Ash Park, although a slight off after bump in stage two was the only real drama of the day, arriving at service with a 19-second lead over the similar RS1600 of Chris Browne.

The return loop was just a case of consolidating the lead over Browne, aware that a spin or a puncture would prove costly, but the winning margin was increased to 27 seconds by the end of the final test.

The crew were well pleased with the result and their attention now turns back to the Mintex MSA historic series this weekend with a trip even further North to Dumfries for the Scottish Rally the one-day event, which takes place in the forests of Ae, Twigless and Castle O'er and is shadow of the former five-day event that was a full loop of Scotland in its heyday.

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