David Stokes of Dursley finishes second overall at Manx Rally
10:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
AFTER 200 miles of classic Manx lanes, David Stokes finished a superb second overall and first in class in the Escort RS1600, writes Paul Willetts.
The Manx Rally was celebrating its 50-year anniversary and is a favourite place of the Dursley baker, with his first taste of the island way back in 1969 in a Ford Anglia.
The format of this year’s event followed previous years with three days of non-stop action.
Thursday night’s opening leg saw crews greeted with wet and misty conditions in darkness.
Stokes opened proceedings with the fastest time on the opening Marine Drive test,but then dropped back when the fog rolled in over both Tholt-y-Will and Druidale tests to lie third overall overnight.
Day two dawned dry and bright, with a group of stages in the St Marks area, and Stokes decided to push hard and quickly reduced the deficit to Onions to just nine seconds.
By mid-afternoon he was ahead and, with four fastest times on Friday evening, put a bit of pressure on leader Ryan Barrett.
Saturday’s third and final leg saw Stokes and co-driver Guy Weaver ease back to save the car, with Barrett extending his lead, and settle for an excellent second overall.
Their attention now turns back to the Historic Championship, with an engine rebuild prior to the McRae Stages on October 5.
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