Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Red Dragon IT Stages by Paul Willetts

Rally debutant 16 year old Luke Watts enjoyed an excellent debut co-driving for his step father Nigel Jenkins in the NJ Autos & Calico Interiors backed Vauxhall Nova on last weekends Red Dragon IT Stages, held on the former WW2 airfield at Down Ampney near Cirencester, but the final result didn't do justice to a superb drive.

The Emcos organised event attracted 60 entries and offered 10 special stages.

The new duo got off to fantastic start lying 17th overall and 1st in class after stage 3,including 10th fastest time in stage 3, but disaster struck on stage 4 a very heavy impact with some straw bales, causing them to take a stage maximum and plummet down the leaderboard to last place overall.

With the damage repaired they rejoined from stage 5,and set 9 fastest times in there class out of the 10 tests and pulled back to 33rd overall & 6th in class.

Luke's mum Karen who spent the day biting her fingers in the service area said." It was a case of what might have been, the impact with the bales was very hard, and took a while to repair, so they had to take a 30 minute stage maximum, but Luke really enjoyed himself and I am proud of him, he did a great job of guiding Nigel around the stages on his first event."

"Its been a fantastic experience to sit with Nige, a real shame we had a stage maximum, but it didn't  spoil a great day, I would like to thank Pauline & Brian Nash of Calico Interiors for the support they gave me it was a lovely gesture" said Luke.
Also out on the event for extra match practice were Andy Stokes/Adrian McNally in the historic spec Escort RS1600 these two using the event for tyre testing finished 14th overall & 6th in class, there next event will be the Carlisle Stages on June 9th in Kielder Forest.

Maureen Lane with Helena Mayall finished 38th & 11th in class in her Escort Mexico.

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