Wales Win for Allingham in Subaru Impreza
The 2013 rally season is still young, but we are already making our mark on the UK championships. For example, Alex Allingham’s ex-Prodrive Subaru Impreza N10 that took outright honours on March 3’s Rally Marketing Mid-Wales Stages event, did so courtesy of Kumho gravel tyres. The rally was the first occasion on which Stalybridge-based Allingham and his co-driver Chris Williams had competed together, and their priorities were to finish the event and get used to operating alongside each other – actually winning the four-stage rally had therefore never entered their heads, never mind by so substantial a margin as 58.9 seconds. During his victory speech Allingham said:
“I’d like to thank Kumho for supplying tyres that have worked brilliantly in the cool and dry conditions we’ve faced today.”
Having won what was the second round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh National Rally Championship, the new team are now readying themselves to tackle the next qualifying event, Rally North Wales, which takes place in and around Welshpool over the weekend of April 5/6.
Historic runners also succeed on Kumho products
The March 3 event served as the first round of the West Wales Spares RAC Rally Championship for historic cars too, in which Kumho runners again enjoyed success. Most notable was the MKII Escort pairing of Marty McCormack and Phil Clarke, who had proved their competitiveness as recently as last November by winning the Roger Albert Clark Rally outright. On this occasion they eventually had to give best to the similarly mounted duo of Nick Elliott and Dave Price, but only after a battle royale that persisted throughout all five stages. Yet another crew making the most of their Kumho tyres were the young Welsh ace Dylan Davies and his co-driver Llion Williams, who guided their MKI Escort home to a fine class victory. Commenting on the impressive results, Kumho’s European Motorsport Manager Steve Thompson said: “There’s no guarantee that the success of one season will carry into the next, so it’s always rewarding to see our tyres chalking up some early wins. It’s also good to welcome some new talent to the Kumho fold. I look forward to what we hope will be another great year of motorsport for our brand.”