Sunday, 5 July 2015

Rally - Bennett's double

Having won yesterday’s Albar Trophy Kames Rally, Peter Bennett did it again today. The Northern Irish lad took the lead on the third stage and held it all the way to the finish.

Second yesterday, and having initially led this morning, Finlay Retson was right on Bennett’s tail for most of the day till the 8th stage out of 14 when he outbraked himself and his Citroen C1 slid off the road and up a banking, snapping the accelerator pedal in the process. He regained the track but all hopes of victory had gone.

Harry Chalmers and Brodie Balfour had a good scrap for second place with Chalmers seizing the runner-up spot by just 6 seconds.

Adding a touch of international flavour to proceedings was 17 year old Umberto Accornero who finished sixth yesterday and fourth today, but he wasn’t worried about placings. Today was only his sixth rally and he needed a finish to get his sixth signature to qualify for a National ‘A’ competition licence. That’s because he’s doing his first ‘senior’ event next weekend, the Greystoke Stages Rally in Cumbria.

Ross Fernie used this event as a shakedown for next weekend’s Mach 1 Stages Rally at Campbeltown and won today’s senior rally.

1, Peter Bennett, 24m 43s
2, Harry Chalmers, 25m 24s
3, Brodie Balfour, 25m 30s
4, Umberto Accornero, 25m 36s
5, Myles Reid, 25m 53s
6, Josh Hislop, 27m 20s

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