If you thought Efren
Llarena's win on Rally Azores at the weekend was close, taking victory on the
final stage by 2.7s victory from Ricardo Moura, then yesterday's (Sunday 27th)
Junior 1000 event at the DCC Stages was closer still. Just one second separated
the winners from the runners-up.
Kallum and Richard
Admittedly the Junior event for 14 to 17 year olds was a tad shorter at just 36 miles over 8 stages, the weather was better - warm, dry and sunny unlike the Azores! - and they were driving rather more modest 1 litre machinery but the actual competition sizzled all day right from the start.
Sam Mason and James Seymour led after the first four stages, then David Burden and Peter Williams assumed the lead over the next three before the final stage. At that point Burden had a four second lead. Job done, eh?
Having sat his BARS test just last Wednesday (!) fifteen year old Kevin Graffin with Richard Crozier (definitely not 15, or anywhere near it!) rolled up to the stage start. They were five seconds quicker than Burden over that final timed test to snatch a one second victory at the last gasp. Epic stuff.
A great day, with an excellent entry of 20 cars buzzing around Ingliston like a swarm of angry bees. They may not be as quick as the 'world' cars but by heck the competition was fierce. Sixty seconds covered the top five.
A full report will be published in 'jaggybunnet.co.uk' later in the week.