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August 2022

Escott Back in a Podium Spot

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Good turnout for the Woodpecker and 3 Shires.

Patriot Entry List Filling Up

Wyedean News

Leighton Escott was one of five IPS Contenders who made the trek to Trawsfynydd Ranges for Bala M.C.’s Gareth Hall Memorial Stages. The compact venue with short Epynt like Stages just a stone’s throw from the Service Area, proved a tough challenge for the 47 crews entered. Earliest casualty, though thankfully uninjured, was Josh Taylor who entered a downhill right hander too quickly and the impact with a bank launched his Subaru into a roll, the car losing two wheels in the process. He’ll face a few late nights in the garage to enable him the start the 3 Shires Stages.

Escott / Devine held a comfortable second in Class 1 after two of the three, four stage loops but an astonishing performance by Martyn Quant / Sbardun Evans after taking an earlier stage maximum, relegated them to third. In the same class was Karen Phelps from the Forest of Dean who has co-driven for both Leighton Escott and Leighton Smith this year. She was part of the four car Silverstone Rally School Team line up and ended the day with 4th in class points.

Tyre choice was a big factor with varying weather conditions within just a few hundred yards. The father and daughter crew of Andrew and Hollie Norris debated all day until finally opting for Wets on the rear of their BMW Compact on the last loop, figuring that they wouldn’t overheat on the short stages if the road dried out. This vastly improved their times and Andrew’s confidence, bringing them home 29th.

A late charge from Andrew and Hollie Norris took them into the Top Thirty

Clerk of the Course Emyr Hall is hopeful that negotiations to include sections of public road will raise the profile and interest in next years event.

Interest in the next few rounds is high with thirty five plus contenders on both the Hills Ford 3 Shires Rally and the Phil Price Memorial Woodpecker Rally.

The final sealed surface Challenge Round, the Raintite Coated Metals / Curzon Wealth Management Patriot Stages is part of six Championships. IPS Contenders are advised to enter soon.

Wyedean News

The penultimate Round, the Wyedean Stages is making a welcome return to “traditional” signing on procedures. Event Official Caroline Hopkinson commented, ‘Competitors have stated that they prefer the “face to face” pre Pandemic documentation. With this in mind, would any Contender who has mislaid or not received their Registration Card, please email