BTRDA Somerset Stages Rally 2011 review

By on Monday, April 18, 2011

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BTRDA Juniors Matt and Joe take 2nd in class on the Somerset Stages Rally

It was third time lucky for Matt Griffin and Joe Cruttenden as they took a podium position on the latest round of the BTRDA Rally Series, the Somerset Stages Rally.

Matt from Blackburn and Joe from Rochdale were runners up in class 1400L in their Rallyschool.co.uk backed VW Lupo. An event long battle with eventual winner Steve Brown took place in the delightful forests around Exmoor and Minehead in Somerset.

An early start met the crews on the sunny spring morning in Minehead and the cars left the start ramp at 8am before heading to the first loop of stages just south of the Norman Castle of Dunster.

Matt & Joe headed in to Timberscombe, the first of the days 11 stages and they immediately stated their intentions by posting the second fastest time just missing out on top honours by the smallest of margins 1 second. Stage 2 wasn’t quite as gracious to the young duo and they dropped 29 seconds to the leaders David Peters and Roger Partridge in their MG ZR.

Stage 3 was the Spectator stage at Chargot Hill and the pair emerged with a top 3 time and just a handful of seconds lost to the leader. Steve Brown took the initiative in the final of the 4 stages before service and emerged from the Knowle stage as leader from David Peters with Matt and Joe in third.

Service was back in Minehead and the crews had time to swap the forest tyres to tarmac for the two runs run up the famous Porlock toll road. The crews didn’t have time to take in the breathtaking views over Porlock Vale and the Village as they powered up this tarmac climb. The stage winds its way up from Porlock through woods before opening out on to a moorland of heather, gorse and whortleberry bushes. Matt and Joe pushed the Mccrash Media backed Lupo hard over the two runs and held their 3rd place before heading back to service for the final 5 stages back in the forests.

The battle for the podium hotted up and the by stage 8 Matt and Joe still hung on to 3rd position. Stage 9 Croydon 2 was to be the decider for the top spot when leader David Peters retired his MG ZR allowing Matt and Joe to ease in to second place. Stages 10 and 11 created no further dramas and the Rallyschool.co.uk team headed back to the finish in the seaside town as runners up.

Their 2nd place on the Somerset stages mean Matt and Joe are now leading the Miller Oils BTRDA 1400 Class 1400L. Matt is also 3rd overall in the junior category with Joe now joint leader in the co-drivers award.

The next round of the BTRDA rally series is the Plains Rally based in Welshpool on 14th May.

Further details of the championship can be found at www.btrdarally.com

Report and Images Courtesy of Chris Horner – Mccrash Motorsport Media


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