Marty McCormack and Phil Clarke slid their Kumho-shod MKII Escort to a fourth consecutive victory on September 8’s Red Kite Historic Stages event, thereby clinching the inaugural West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship with one round still to run.
Commenting on their dominant performance McCormack said:
“We were straight on it this morning: there are no lie-ins with this championship.”
And how right he was, having blasted his Escort into a full five second lead over the similar Ford of Jason Pritchard and Dale Furniss during the opening stage in Crychan. After a dry, dusty morning’s rallying, heavy rain showers completely changed the conditions in time for the second round of tests. This could well have upset McCormack’s momentum, but he used his Kumho gravel tyres to full advantage and had ground out an impressive 42-second advantage by the end of the event.
Commenting on the result, Kumho’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson said:
“Marty and Phil have performed faultlessly throughout this excellent new championship and thoroughly deserve their win. We are naturally delighted with the way our tyres have aided their cause.”
The final event in the WWRS R.A.C. Championship is the Trackrod Historic Cup, which takes place in the rallying heartland of Yorkshire over September 27/28.